Bio

Laney Stewart has penned, produced and published hits for some of the biggest names in R&B, Hip Hop and Pop music over the past two decades . In addition to his individual achievements, he also has a proven ear and consistent track record of recognizing and developing unknown talent on their way to tremendous success. The long list of hits he has created, published and or managed is a testament to both his creative genius and exceptional business acumen. Born and raised in Chicago, IL Laney comes from a musical family. Self taught on the piano and drums he began writing songs as a child and had his first song commercially released by the time he was 16 years old. Laney was signed to Famous Music Publishing at 21 years old. Within the first couple years of his deal, Laney had linked up with songwriting partner, Tony Haynes, for a string of placements and would wisely upgrade his deal to a joint venture with Famous Music. With a publishing deal and a machine behind him, he formed his own Production Company, The Groove Asylum, which soon put him in the studio working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who had a tremendous influence on Laney's songwriting and production style. With his dual roles at Groove Asylum and Famous, he was co-producing songs with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, in addition to working with well known recording artists. At the same time he was fine-tuning his business savvy by signing a group of young writers to his production company, including his younger brother, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Kuk Harrell and Sean Hall. He brought his other younger brother Mark E. Stewart and future sister in-law Judi into the company as well, on the business side.

Laney's was mentored by the legendary MCA Records executive, Louil Silas, Jr., who was immediately won over by young Laney's natural abilities and work ethic. Before he knew it, he would be working with execs like Sylvia Rhone, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones, putting together a run of successful songs, including "Never Let Them See You Sweat" by Go West, which was featured in White Men Can't Jump, and "Candlelight and You" by Keith Washington featuring Chante Moore, which was featured in House Party 2.

In 1992 Stewart relocated his company from Chicago to Los Angeles, CA and would eventually become a founding partner, along with his brothers Tricky and Mark, in RedZone Entertainment in 1994.

In 1996 Laney entered into a publishing deal and writing/production relationship with Kenneth "Babyface". This high-powered relationship led him to work with Madonna, Shanice, and Tony! Toni! Tone! in addition to writing and producing songs for the feature film Soul Food. During this time he also wrote and produced the top 10 hit "Last Nights Letter" for KCi & JoJo's Quadruple platinum album Love Always.

In 1999 Laney relocated to Atlanta GA to join his brothers as a partner in RedZone Entertainment and Triangle Sound Studios. RedZone helped put Atlanta on the map as a music city over the next few years with hits like Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style," Sole's "4,5,6", TLC's "No Scrubs", and Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills." Laney eventually took over the position of president of RedZone, which included overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company and keeping it active. Under his watch super hit songwriter, Ester Dean, was also added to Redzone on the Publishing side. With his duel role as music executive and producer, Laney continued his work penning and producing hit songs including, # 1 A.C. smash "Without You" by Charlie Wilson, and "Everything" which appears on multi-platinum selling B2K's Pandemonium and Greatest Hits albums.

Laney's continued his journey as an entrepreneur. He entered into another publishing joint venture with Peer Music, forming Morningside Trail Music in 2003. A year after an unsuccessful initial meeting, The-Dream was able to impress Laney enough to get back in the studio with him Soon thereafter The Dream was signed to Laney's publishing company. Laney worked hard to develop The-Dream's songwriting abilities and consistency. Under Laney's tutelage The-Dream has developed into an award winning super writer/producer and recording artist with hits like "Shawty is the S*^!" and "Falsetto." Laney first introduced The-Dream to his brother Tricky and that partnership lead to a list of hits, from Rihanna's "Umbrella," J. Holiday's "Bed" and "Suffocate," to Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body," Usher's "Moving Mountains," Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine," & Justin Bieber's "Baby," and Beyonce's "Single Ladies."

In 2009 he formed Stewart Music Group, with holdings in publishing, production and management. Universal Music group is his Joint Venture partner in publishing. Laney is based in Los Angeles, working developing a new writing and production team, the SharpShootaz.

Credits

Laney list of credits that he has written, produced, and or published reads like a who's who of influential music over the last 20 years.