Stuart Colin Matthewman also known as Cottonbelly, (born August 18, 1960 Hull, East Yorkshire, England) is a Grammy-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.
In 1982, Matthewman relocated to London. Joining Latin funk band Pride, he met singer-songwriter Sade Adu and they began writing songs together. Teaming with bandmate Paul S. Denman and keyboardist Andrew Hale, they formed the band Sade. Sade signed with Epic Records U.K. division in 1984. Matthewman can be heard on saxophone, 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.
In 1996 Matthewman along with Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman formed the studio band Sweetback. The band features instrumental songs and songs with guest vocalists. They have released two albums, Sweetback (1996) and Stage 2 (2004).
He cites his musical influences as Junior Walker, King Curtis, Art Pepper, Ernie Isley, Steve Jones, Wah Wah Watson, Issac Hayes, Bill Withers, Lee Perry, Tony Iommi, and Gustav Mahler.
He has composed the soundtracks for the movies: Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot, Northfork, The Double (short subject), The Astronaut Farmer and Life Support.
Matthewman has a small studio on 29th Street in Manhattan in New York City
Stuart Matthewman is married to Michele Matthewman. They live together in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. They have a son, Clay. Matthewman is an avid cycler.
His brother Gordon Matthewman played brass instruments.
- , July 27, 2011