Morris Butch Stewart

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Musi­cian Mor­ris “Butch” Stew­art, Jr., was born in Chica­go, Illi­nois, on Jan­u­ary 13, 1953. The third of four chil­dren, Stew­art earned his high school diplo­ma in Har­vey, Illi­nois, and went on to attend DePaul Uni­ver­si­ty in Chica­go.

At the age of twen­ty-two, Stew­art and his future wife, Bren­da Mitchell, began work­ing as back­ground vocal­ists for Ram­sey Louis. That same year, 1975, Stew­art per­formed in sev­er­al shows with Earth, Wind, and Fire, with whom he lat­er worked on oth­er projects. In 1978, Stew­art formed JoyArt­Mu­sic, his musi­cal jin­gle pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny. JoyArt­Mu­sic was hailed as one of Chicago’s pre­miere cre­ative hous­es for tele­vi­sion and radio theme song cre­ation, as well as adver­tis­ing. Some of JoyArt­Mu­sic’s more rec­og­niz­able tunes include the theme song to the Oprah Win­frey Show, and the Tom Joyn­er Morn­ing Show. By 1985, Stew­art was pro­duc­ing records, as well as writ­ing music and lyrics. In 1990, Stew­art teamed up with Earth, Wind, and Fire to write “King of Groove;” through­out his career, he wrote numer­ous oth­er songs for var­i­ous artists.

Stew­art cre­at­ed music for exer­cise videos and col­lab­o­rat­ed on a chil­dren’s project, Home, with the pur­pose of teach­ing chil­dren about the impor­tance of friend­ship, gen­eros­i­ty, and fam­i­ly. Stew­art was the own­er and founder of Copia Records. Stew­art and his wife also estab­lished the Art of Mak­ing Music Foun­da­tion, a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that raised mon­ey for music edu­ca­tion in schools; the cou­ple also raised two chil­dren.


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