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Born in Pomona, California, Heidi Rodewald is the thinner, lighter half of STEW. A multi-instrumentalist, Heidi played in orchestras in her youth but was lured away by the rock. She spent some of the 80's touring the country and enjoying MTV rotation with the band Wednesday Week, writing and singing lead on the songs Why and Missionary.

For almost a decade she has been a performer, arranger, producer and composer in both Stew and The Negro Problem, their critically acclaimed pop rock group with the catchy name. Bringing her multi-instrumentalist influence to bear on the material, her oboe and melodica work are part of the Stew ensemble's signature sound. She has also written songs for The Negro Problem; of particular note is the standout track on Welcome Black entitled Watering Hole.

Heidi's voice is an integral part of Stew's songworld. More than a backing vocalist, Heidi literally gives voice to the female characters that inhabit many of Stew's sung narratives.

With Stew, she co-wrote the screenplay We Can See Today, which was invited to the 2005 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs. She recently composed music for downtown legend Karen Kandel’s Portraits: Night and Day.

Heidi is presently finishing up her first solo album which she co-produced along with Stew. She is the co-composer and musical director of Passing Strange.

Learn more about Heidi at stewsongs.com and on Passing Strange's myspace page.

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