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Stuart Matthewman


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Grammy-winning songwriter / musician / producer Stuart Matthewman AKA COTTONBELLY is a vital part of SADE. The multi-instrumentalist can be heard on sax, guitar, keyboards, and programming. He has appeared on all of Sade’s albums: Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride, Love Deluxe, and Best of Sade, all of which went triple platinum in the U.S. and have totaled sales over 40 million albums worldwide. All five albums were digitally remastered and reissued in November 2000 to coincide with the release of Sade’s first album of the 21st century, Lovers Rock. Their other releases are the EP Remix Deluxe, a 1994 concert DVD and a ‘best of’ DVD. He has also written and produced songs for Maxwell, his own band Sweetback, the movie score Twin Falls Idaho and music for the soundtrack Jackpot.

Born August 18, 1960, in Hull, North Yorkshire, England, Matthewman started playing clarinet as a child. During his teens, he picked up sax and began playing guitar in various club and new wave bands (He did a short stint with an ELVIS tribute band!). His influences have included: Jr. Walker, King Curtis, Art Pepper, Ernie Isley, Steve Jones, Wah Wah Watson, Issac Hayes, Bill Withers, Lee Perry, Tony Iommi and Gustav Mahler.

In 1982, Matthewman relocated to London. Joining Latin funk band Pride, he met singer/songwriter Sade Adu. They began writing songs together. Teaming with bandmate Paul S. Denman and keyboardist Andrew Hale, they formed the band Sade.

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