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Meet Colby DeVon “[ C e a u x ]” Stewart of [ P r I d e ]ful in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colby DeVon “[ C e a u x ]” Stewart.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in December of 1993. I’m a Louisiana native who was born in the city of Lafayette but was raised in the small rural town of New Iberia. My oldest brother, Tony and my mama, Veronica originally dubbed me “CoCo.” As I got older, I changed the spelling to “CeauxCeaux” to pay homage to my Creole heritage. I developed a passion for singing at a young age of six. I would walk around singing Sammie and Ginuwine songs all day long, which was ironic because we were a very strict Pentecostal household. You should have seen the look on my mama’s face when she would hear me walking around blaring “MY SADDLE’S WAAAITING! COME AND JUMP OOON IT,” at the top of my lungs. Fast forward to a fourth grade me, all decked out in my Park Elementary School Choir gear and still singing. My music teacher Mr. Hayes had been my stepdad’s music teacher years before, so it felt full circle for him to also be my first real introduction into professional music. After a year of learning tenor harmonies and experimenting with different instruments, I eventually settled on the piano and perfecting my singing. However, just as I started feeling established at my new school across the tracks, my parents decided it was time to move.

We stayed in Louisiana until 2004 and moved right before Katrina hit. I doubt my parents actually knew of the approaching storm that would decimate our home in the months to come, but God had a plan for our lives that would move us completely out of dodge.

We ended up landing in Hawthorne, California and built our nest on the corner of Rosecrans and Lemoli. By this time, I was teaching myself to play the piano by drawing the keys on a piece of paper and writing out the key that each key played. Simultaneously, I was also beginning to take drawing (my second love) more seriously. My peers were starting to notice my artwork, as did my favorite teacher, the late, great Mrs. Saundra McLean. She just recently passed in April 2020 of colorectal cancer caused by ulcerative colitis. I kind of had a crush on her, so I would draw pictures for her all the time. A new one every week. She would then color every one and hang them up around her classroom. This was when I first started to see how happy art really made people. So it was only right when my mural I designed for my eighth grade graduating class was painted right on the wall outside of her classroom. I spoke to her last a month before she passed away. I was supposed to bring my wife and kids to meet her for the first time. However, shortly after we talked, she was hospitalized again. She is an instrumental reason for why I am still striving to perfect my art, as well as make sure I ALWAYS design my own work for my music and clothing.

Sometime around sophomore year, I was attending Torrance High School, where I was playing football and running track. Everyday, I would catch the bus from the corner of Rosecrans and Crenshaw in Hawthorne to the corner of Crenshaw and Carson in Torrance. It was a strenuous three-hour bus ride. It taught me patience and humility. It also opened the door for me to meet my brother, Trevor Watson. Trevor would always catch the bus with his mom all the way from Santa Monica every morning. I respected Trevor because he reminded me a lot of myself, and his relationship with his mother mirrored that of my own Mama and I. I would often express to Trevor my love for wanting to make music as the bus slowly cruised down Crenshaw, but I was still in a church that would condemn any form of secular music. Trev would tell me to keep pushing my dreams, and how everything would work itself out. I was also an avid member of the youth choir and the youth praise team. Me making secular music would’ve DEFINITELY been a bad look. Hence, in 2009 when I recorded my first song, it was a Gospel song. Yap. You heard me right. Gospel. I still remember all the words to this day. It’s just incredibly cringy to hear that old song after I’ve grown so much sonically. Not to mention, I was in a Christian Rap group. The group consisted of my older brother DJ, one of our church friends Cameron Booker, and myself. My pastor began letting our Christian Rap group perform our rap songs at the church. However, some of the older, more dignified saints frowned upon us rapping in church and even went as far as to threaten us not to do it again. We kept pursuing it but eventually split when everyone went off to college. I was the youngest, so I was also the last to leave.

Upon graduating high school, I was trying my hardest to attend Cal State Long Beach period after being rejected, I filed an appeal to see if there was any way I could fight for a way to get in. This opened up the opportunity for the beach program which I was able to get accepted put into Cal State Long Beach. I ended up becoming an industrial design major career that I had been wanting to join since I was in the fifth grade and I hated it. It made me start to hate drawing all together and I eventually ended up flunking out of college my freshman year. My parents thought I was too distracted and sent me to Louisiana to finish my education with my older brother. I remained in Louisiana for three more years, attempted to still continue to go to school and they ultimately opted to leave school alone all together and pursue my dream so I bought my first camera. On July 14, 2015, I dropped my first YouTube video in my cinematic micro-docuseries. It showed my evolution as an artist and my switch from making my own Gospel music to finding my way of making “secular” tracks.

By the beginning of 2016, I was moving back to Cali and marrying my LB freshman year sweetheart, Jamie Stewart. I began filming commercials for various companies and was making a great living from it. However, I was beginning to hate how much I was pushing my own goals to the back burner in order to satisfy others’ video needs. I spent the next year laying low and just perfecting all of my crafts. That included teaching myself 13 different photos, video, 3D modeling, and digital audio software solely off of watching YouTube videos.

Fast forward to 2020, and I’ve finally found a professional studio to record in (Empower Logic Studio). I’ve been receiving musical mentorship from my big brother Francois Dean, an accomplished musician and artist. As well as working with amazing producers, such as LA’s own Yungchriisbeats and Deezy.Baby. As I work on my debut album, INTERSTELLAR, I am solidifying my brand. With the help of The Kuntrii Collection, a southern clothing powerhouse, we will also be releasing various forms of merchandise. The proceeds from the merch sales will go towards accomplishing the overall dream of the brand: providing individuals without the resources to produce quality content, a means of doing so.

Has it been a smooth road?
I wish I could say it has, but naaah the road hasn’t always been smooth. When my wife and I were on our honeymoon in Vegas we received a call from her mother who was kicking us out. She was offended because we had already been married for a year prior to our public wedding, and she wasn’t in the loop for a year. So the following day after our public wedding she kicked us out of her house. We were five months pregnant at the time with my firstborn cub, CeauxCeaux Jr. So for the next two and a half months, Jamie and I were homeless and sleeping out of a car. We eventually saved up enough money to move to Vegas for a year. There we met our sister and fitness guru, Tiffany White. To this day, Tiff is part of my testing team for my music, as well as one of my best friends. We ended up hating Vegas and left after the 2017 mass shooting. It took place minutes from my job. However, it just so happened that I was off that night. With a newborn and a wife at home, it wasn’t worth risking their safety. So, we headed back to Cali.

Upon moving back to Cali, finding a place has been the hardest task. We’ve had a few friends help provide us with a place to stay for a short time, and others just straight out reject helping us. We had our daughter Memory Mae (M&M), March of 2019, and forgave my mother-in-law for kicking us out. We moved back in with her, only to have her call me the N-word. Jamie and I decided this wasn’t an environment that we’d want to raise our cubs in, and since then, we’ve been staying in hotels to avoid staying in the car. It’s a struggle to save to actually move into a place when you have to spend money on hotel rooms every night. As long as my kids never have to sleep a night in the car again, I’ll do whatever I have to do to ensure that.

Most recently, to add insult to injury, February 2020, we were in a head on collision which totaled our car. Hence, we’ve been renting a daily rental car for the last seven months. All whilst still saving up to get our own place. God is showing me that there is beauty in the struggle, and it’s all how you manage it.

The hardest thing now is keeping the hustle during the pandemic. I’ve been a bartender for the last eight years, so with COVID closing everything down, I’ve been Instacarting daily to add to our funds. However, it has opened up more time and opportunities for my music and brand to flourish – the beauty in the struggle.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with [ P r I d e ]ful – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
At [ P r I d e ]ful, we’re powerhouse of an atelier. We create quality custom content for independent individuals who don’t necessarily have the access, resources, or opportunities to do so for themselves. At the same time, we produce our own high-quality music, clothing, and as well as, but not limited to digital media.

We specialize mainly in New Media, which is basically just the platform for videos, photos, music, etc. We help our customers and consumers alike produce any kind of creative content that they could ever possibly need, all under one roof.

So far, we’re mainly known for the video quality that we’ve put out in different commercials that we’ve worked on for various businesses. Whether it be for movie stars, MMA fighters, artists, producers, or even 5 star restaurants, we’ve shot for them all. Soon, we will also be known for our music from artists like myself, as well as making our staple in the fashion industry with the help of The Kuntrii Collection.

What I am most proud of with our company is our work ethic. We are a workhorse. Most workdays end at 4:00 a.m. and begin again at 6:00 a.m. We work all throughout the night oftentimes to achieve the greatest possible product we can for our customers. What can I say, we’re perfectionist.

What sets [ P r I d e ]ful apart from other companies is that here, we’re family. The whole basis of everything that v [ P r I d e ]ful stands for is that family isn’t always the family that you were born into. It’s the people that you choose to keep around and love. Our business is completely built on making everyone we come in contact with feel like family – a lion or lioness in the [ P r I d e ].

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about our city, well, love actually, if I can be honest, are the rooftops. You can see the whole skyline from up there, and it kind of helps you place things into perspective. Next to the rooftops, the street art of the City takes on a life of its own. They’re like tattoos on the body of LA, that tell the story of who we as Angelinos are, how we got here, and who we’re becoming. Lastly, I love how LA is the melting pot of all creatives. They are literally different caliber creators of every genre of expression thank you can think of. This makes for more opportunities to partner up with amazing creators and produces something truly beautiful.

What I like the least about our City, simply put, is the LA parking and 405 traffic. Real-world issues included the amount of homeless vets and shelterless individuals on Skid Row bothers me. I wish there was a way to actively downsize the numbers, or even better, provide them all with housing. I know what it’s like being homeless in LA. Nobody ever deserves that struggle. Self-inflicted or not.

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[ C e a u x ], Jamie “Paws” Stewart

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