When we examine the young life that Phillip Solomon Stewart has already lived, we can easily say that his steps are ordered by the Lord. In fact, we can say that his dreams and prayers are being answered in a timely manner. Through trials and tribulations, barricades and bending roads, Stewart constantly finds himself enduring the test of time. He admits that the best is yet to come. During his 8th grade year, he had a dream where he was performing at Dolphin Stadium in the NFL Super Bowl. 12 plus years later, he not only found himself performing in a Super Bowl, but performed in two Super Bowls. In 2005-2006, Phillip had an opportunity to perform in the pre-game show of the Jacksonville Super Bowl. At that point, he thought his dreams had come to past. Until in 2006-2007 he got the bid to perform in the Miami Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium. This performance was thee actual dream from the 8th grade; performing with the artist formerly known as Prince in the Super Bowl halftime show; a place where all performers and musicians find it a privilege to be a part of.
Descending from Jamaica, on October 2, 1982, Miami, Florida was given this God fearing, hardworking, resilient, loyal and talented son. He was the second child to, the now, Rozetta Oquendo. He and his older brother Xavier Stewart had given Rozetta two men to run the house until she met her husband Luis Oquendo. The household changed 16 years later with the addition of two sisters, Chelsea and Cassidy Oquendo. Though, the marriage between Luis and Rozetta gave both Xavier and Phillip a stronger family structure, stability and discipline; it did not protect them from the rough streets and crime in Miami. Phillip and his brother were still finding themselves as the young men of the house while falling victim to gun point altercations. He admits that Luis was a great father but the marriage was not a great example as Luis would leave the house sometimes weeks, months and years at a time. Xavier and the kid they call King, were on their own.
Although the world around him was in chaos since his early school years at Hibiscus Elementary, King was immediately put into advanced math classes. He excelled both inside and outside the classroom. He won the D.A.R.E. essay contest, played football until the 8th grade, participated in track, basketball, the chess club and the band. However, his passion and God’s guidance led him down the route of music. Introduced to him while in 6th grade by his brother who played the trumpet, Phillip was faced with a decision to make. He was being pulled in two ways; sports or music? The director asked him to learn and tryout for the drum major position as a freshman in high school. He not only made it, he scored a perfect score during the tryout and interview process. He was the first freshman to hold that position. He was then trained by a former Florida A&M University Drum Major and knew that his dreams pointed in that same direction. In 2001, Phillip Solomon Stewart graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School. Before enrolling at Florida A&M University on a music scholarship, he turned down offers to attend University of Miami as well as Bethune Cookman. Amazingly, the Oboe instrument that he taught himself by picking up a book was opening more doors and changing his life.
Stewart served as Assistant Head Drum Major of the world famous FAMU Marching 100 Band. He also performed as a FAMU Striker; a dance group that performed all around the USA. Phillip graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2005 as well as a Master degree in Educational Leadership in 2007 from FAMU. Mr. Stewart was a former elementary school teacher; however, currently he is employed as an educator in the TCC Talent Search Program, while being a football coach, basketball coach, saxophonist, producer, song writer and artist. He has two sons, Phillip Solomon Stewart, II and Miles King Stewart. He has been a musician at Bethel AME Church for seven plus years. He has independently released two gospel cover albums (Stand & I Need You Now) and two original albums (Crusin’ On The Job & PreGame) and is currently in preparation of his 5th album. Phillip is a Platinum Recording Saxophonist with his contribution to Ludacris album, Release Therapy. This member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, next dream and prayers revolve around becoming an international performer.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Ralph White on 10/14/2014
Hey Mister, how ya been? Its been a min...since keyboarding 101, lol
Carmencita C. Greeen on 03/02/2009