Isaiah Stewart

Hollywood Funk (feat Tom Scott, Jamie Glaser)


From the album Summer Beat (feat Randy Brecker, Deodato, Tom Scott)
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Since the release of his debut album Life Games in 2000, Isaiah Stewart has emerged as an exciting voice in contemporary urban jazz-funk. Seeking to carry on classic “old school” jazz/R&B traditions, the versatile drummer’s hard-grooving yet fluid music has led to a total of five albums and nearly 10 million downloads and streams worldwide.

Isaiah’s new album “Summer Beat” features multi-Grammy jazz legends Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato and Tom Scott, along with famed fusion guitarist Jamie Glaser, in a genre-busting collection of 11 songs that fuse the worlds of jazz, funk and rock.

The album dropped only one month ago and the opening track on the album, “Summer Girl (featuring Randy Brecker),” has already been nominated for “best jazz composition” by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Isaiah’s global popularity as an artist began 2001 when “Midtown Funk,” his single from “Life Games,” charted to 15 on’s overall worldwide top 40, surpassing songs from popular artists including Madonna, Eminem, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Linkin Park, The Offspring and Sum 41. At the time, was the world’s number one digital music site, receiving more than 35 million visitors a month, and during that year, the site’s jazz top 20 simultaneously contained all 14 tracks from “Life Games.”

Isaiah’s 2015 album Thrill Ride (featuring Jamie Glaser)” charted to number eight worldwide on ReverbNation, the popular global music platform that features more than 3.8 million musicians, including popular artists such as Eminem, Rihanna, Rick Ross, P-Diddy, Judas Priest and Public Enemy. Isaiah’s highest selling album to date Thrill Ride remained in ReverbNation’s top ten worldwide for eight consecutive weeks; the site’s top 20 for 19 consecutive weeks; and the site’s top 40 for nine consecutive months.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Isaiah has studied contemporary songwriting with the Berklee College of Music and musical production at the University of Utah. A professional drummer since age 9, Stewart has studied with many of the world’s most highly recognized drum artists, including Tony Williams, Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Mike Portnoy, Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Virgil Donati, Steve Smith, David Garibaldi and Joe Morello.

Stewart is the son of Utah opera singer Mary Elaine Shewell, who was personally mentored by and regularly performed with world-renowned conductor Maurice Abravanel, who received a Tony Award, the National Metal of Arts from President George H.W. Bush, and numerous Grammy nominations for his classical recordings with the Utah Symphony Orchestra that he conducted for more than 30 years.