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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer
Songwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1953
Birth Location:
Evanston, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer
Songwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1953
Birth Location:
Evanston
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Biography

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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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Morris Stewart lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Morris Stewart recalls his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Morris Stewart talks about his mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Morris Stewart describes his childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Morris Stewart remembers his elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Morris Stewart recalls his childhood personality and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Morris Stewart remembers his music collection as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Morris Stewart recalls his high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Morris Stewart recounts his entry in the music business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Morris Stewart remembers his mentor, Charles Stepney
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Morris Stewart recalls his advertising composing work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Morris Stewart remembers starting his own production company, JoyArtMusic
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Morris Stewart recounts his courtship and marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Morris Stewart recalls some highlights from his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Morris Stewart discusses some of the challenges of his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Morris Stewart explains some of his current projects
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Morris Stewart shares his regrets
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Morris Stewart discusses his composing work for the Oprah Winfrey Show' and the dearth of quality in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Morris Stewart details his favorite musicians
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Morris Stewart describes his composing work for Tom Joyner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Morris Stewart discusses some of his current business ventures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Morris Stewart shares his hopes that the black community will learn to nuture and love itself
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Morris Stewart reflects on his life and career