Charles "Chizzy" Stephens III

Producer/Songwriter & Entrepreneur

The first instrument that Augusta, Georgia native Chizzy picked up was the trumpet. However, it didn’t take long for the sounds of Dr. Dre and No Limit Records to lure him into learning how to play the piano. By the time he entered high school, Chizzy’s ability to produce solid hip-hop and R&B music, which he posted on Soundclick, earned him notice from Grammy Award-winning producers, such as Luis Resto (“Lose Yourself” and “Without Me” by Eminem), Urban Kris (8 Mile soundtrack), and DJ Head (Devil's Night by D12, The Eminem Show by Eminem).

After attending Full Sail University in Florida and earning an associate’s degree in Recording Arts and a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Business, Chizzy moved to Atlanta in 2007 where he started working for Apple, Inc. as a Creative at the Apple Store, teaching customers how to use beginner and professional software. While working nine-hour days, he would spend his nights producing for local budding artists such as Travis Porter, Jarren Benton, Nycole Valentina, and others.

While in Atlanta, Chizzy began traveling back and forth to Los Angeles to network within the music industry while maintaining his job with Apple. Eventually, this became too much and he realized he needed to make a change. Creating music full-time and starting his own business had always been a dream of his, and in October 2012, after much thinking and hesitation, he decided to quit his job and move to L.A. to pursue his dreams.

It didn’t take long for him to realize he’d made the right decision. In a few months’ time, he’d written and composed the theme song for Lifetime’s hit show Bring It!, landed a major production credit with Chris Brown (for “I Can’t Win”), and began working with Grammy Award-winning songwriters The Jackie Boyz and American Idol winner Candice Glover.

Since then, Chizzy has produced and co-written additional songs for Chris Brown, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Isac Elliot, K-Pop sensation Got7, and others.  He has also spoken at a number of industry panels including The NoHo Cinefest, ASCAP’s 2014 and 2016 Expos, Three Cities Film/TV conference, and more.

In addition to working with a variety of artists, he has also composed a range of pop and urban tracks for over 100 different TV shows, such as VH1's Black Ink Crew, A&E's Beyond Scared Straight, BET’s Being Mary Jane, and FX’s Golden Globe-winning show, Atlanta. He’s also worked with major brands, including Coors Light's Search For The Coldest Emcee Campaign, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and The World Food Program.