With a career spanning a remarkable 22 years, Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, 38, has put his indelible stamp on such smashes as Beyoncé's "Single Ladies," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" and Justin Bieber's "Baby" -- not to mention logging an enviable slate of production credits ranging from Katy Perry and Whitney Houston to Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. Additionally, as head of the publishing/label/studio enclave RedZone Entertainment, Stewart has discovered and developed game-changing talents like singer/songwriters Ester Dean, the-Dream and Frank Ocean.
As a guiding force behind sales to the tune of more than 25 million records, Stewart is penning a new chapter. Named Epic president of A&R last October, he and mentor/Epic chief Antonio "L.A." Reid are laying another foundation for the house that Thriller built. Paving the way: hit turns by Karmin, Ca$h Out, Future and Cher Lloyd; Fiona Apple's return; the "Think Like a Man" soundtrack; and buzz acts from Paloma Faith to Wallpaper. "I'm an entrepreneur by nature," Stewart says. "But being brought in by L.A. to help create a roster from the ground up is equally challenging and rewarding. Nurturing and developing artists -- that's my strong suit."