Hip hop drumming superstar Nisan Stewart is known from his work for artists like Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Ja-Rule, Tweet and Toni Braxton.
Nisan Stewart teamed up with Tony Royster for his DVD "Pure Energy", issued in June 2005.
Nisan Stewart was born and raised in Southern CA, and spent his formative years as a drummer in his father, Bishop Carl Stewart's church. He and his brother Rapture (keyboards) and their father would travel to other churches around the country and community playing gospel music. Nisan says his upbringing in the Church had a definitive effect on his interest in music and most importantly the drums. As a child he recalls, "watching the drummers in church and wanting to be able to play drums."
As a member of his Junior High and High School jazz band, he was able to expand his understanding of the drums and while he wasn't on the field playing football, he was head snare drum player in the school marching band's drum line. Nisan cites Dave Weckl of Chick Corea's, Elektric Band for having a profound effect on Nisan as a young budding drummer. Though his love of Gospel Music, R&B, Funk and Jazz bred in him a sense of music appreciation that has helped him in his rise in the Hip Hop community as one of the most sought after drummers by producers such as Timbaland, Sean "P Diddy" Combs and most importantly, Missy Elliot.
Nisan attended Cerritos College and majored in English. After receiving his Associate degree he decided to pursue his life long hobby of playing the drums and landed his first gig with Sony recording artist Puff Johnson. After six months of touring he continued on with R&B star, Jon B, playing with him on tour and his first album. He worked with several Gospel recording artists such as Kim Stratton, Kim Burrell and Beverly Crawford. His love of music is evidenced by his many influences like Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Temptations), Gary Novac and Gerald Heyward.
It was in church that he was "discovered" by world-renowned producer, Timbaland. In 1998, Timbaland and Shep Crawford (Producer; Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Blu Cantrell) were looking for a band for a television spot and found Nisan performing in church. They asked him to help out with a House of Blues Los Angeles show and at the time there were quite a few people there from the industry.
One thing led to another then led to several spots drumming for Timbaland's family members, The Super Friends (Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliot, Playa, Magoo). He began touring with them and producing beats for his manager, Sean Combs (P. Diddy). He is currently building his own home studio. "I've got my drums set up in one of the bedrooms and I'm snaking all the cables to the control room. I'm thinking about wiring through to that room, but I'm still trying to decide if I want to do that or not."