About Isaiah Stewart
Since releasing his debut album 15 years ago, Isaiah Stewart's music has been streamed and downloaded more than 6.5 million times worldwide.
Isaiah's global popularity as a recording artist initially began to heat up during in August 2001, when "Midtown Funk," the hit jazz/funk song from LIFE GAMES, hit #15 on MP3.com's overall Top 40, beating out tracks from popular artists such as Eminem, Faith Hill, Madonna, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, The Offspring and Sum 41.
At the time, MP3.com was the world's No. 1 mp3 Internet site (receiving worldwide traffic of over 30 million visitors a month), and throughout late 2001, Isaiah often held spots #1 through #14 on the site's Jazz Top 20. This meant that every single track on LIFE GAMES occupied the site's top chart positions at the same time.
The success of LIFE GAMES enabled Isaiah to build The Playground, his own state-of-the-art 24-bit digital recording studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Playground is where Isaiah composed, recorded and produced his sophomore album, URBAN PLAYGROUND. He followed up the success with GROOVE GARDEN, his third album featuring music heard worldwide in literally thousands of TV, radio, corporate, industrial and internet commercials and videos.
A professional drummer since the age of 9, Isaiah has worked as a session drummer for 35 years, bringing his unique playing style to countless local, regional and national TV and radio commercial jingles.
Isaiah is known for his technically impressive and groove-oriented approach to drumming. He has studied drums with the world's leading players, including Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Terry Bozzio, Mike Portnoy, Virgil Donati, Steve Smith, Dave Garibaldi, Joel Rosenblatt, Randy Castillio, Chad Wackerman, Rod Morgenstein, Akira Jimbo and Greg Bissonnette.
A Salt Lake City native, Isaiah drummed and composed professionally in Los Angeles throughout the 1980s, primarily as a full-time sideman for JOSHUA STEWART, a funk-oriented jazz-fusion quartet (featuring his three brothers) that enjoyed popularity in Los Angeles' local jazz scene.
It was in Los Angeles that Isaiah performed in many of the same jazz clubs as Kenny G, Robben Ford, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Tom Scott, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Browne, Alphonse Mouzon and Adam Holzman (most recent keyboardist for late jazz legend Miles Davis).
Upon returning to Salt Lake City, Isaiah joined HEADLINES, one of the most popular Top 40 bands in Utah. As HEADLINES' full-time drummer, Isaiah performed more than 600 shows over the course of seven years. HEADLINES was featured on national television two consecutive years when the band was chosen to perform for the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs and finals in 1996 and '97.