A native of Maryland, singer, songwriter and guitarist R. Scott Stewart was raised in Hialeah, Florida, where in the '70s he "roadied" for a few local Miami-Dade musicians and started learning guitar chords. In the Eighties he hitch hiked to Southern California and spent two years in the desert. The desert changes one's perspective, and he found it affected his "poetic processes."
By mid-eighties he found himself married and the father of the first of four girls, and living in Springfield, Il, where over the next thirteen years he became active in the literary scene. In Springfield he jammed with Christian musicians and became a board member and eventually vice president of the critically acclaimed Poet's & Writer's Literary Forum of Springfield, founded by poet and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bartel and affiliated with the national organization. But it was in the past decade, after Stewart moved into the Wheeling area from New York City after a writing sabbatical, that his music began to take its present form.
Subtly anchored in the Caribbean influences of his youth and of later contemporary Christian jamming, Mr. Stewart has been highly influenced by the diversity and stylings of local Ohio Valley musicians, including local favorites Randy Keener and Adrian Niles; California, PA's Roger Sealy, in whose band "Rose Bros." he sang and played guitar for two years; and many others. He considers that:
"The excellence of Ohio Valley musicians motivated me to work harder. I consider myself the lyricist, not the singer or musician, but I work hard so that people will enjoy the music as well as the message in the songs. Judging by response at my live shows, I feel I've hit a chord."
He often performs with his talented daughters Stefani and/or Katrina, who provides backing and lead vocals.
Continuing his education, in 2002 he obtained a Bachelor's degree in business from West Liberty State College. Works include the chapbook "Blazing a Trail" (1996); musical work on Carla Anderton's "Hotel Peer Amid"; a CD called "Visions"; emceeing, performing in and contributing to the Ohio Valley's Panhandle Jam concerts; several novels currently under preparation for marketing. Of the latter, "Angel in Time," a science fiction piece that reads like fantasy-adventure, won 2nd place for category "Novels" in West Virginia's 2005 "Emerging Writers" contest.
He continues to play select venues in the Greater Pittsburgh-Ohio Valley area, and is currently in the studio at Rattlefiddle Productions working on a second CD, due out by 2011.