Popular Panthers running back plays off the field as well

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Popular Panthers running back plays off the field as well

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 3:29 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- High above the City of Charlotte in an Uptown condo, you’ll find an impromptu treat. There’s a man sitting at a piano-- someone you're used to seeing play something very different.

“I have one extreme where I play this physical sport getting tackled, hitting people, blood, bruises, breaks, and then you have the piano where you let your mind just travel thinking about things, or not thinking, just relaxing,” says Panthers’ running back Jonathan Stewart.

Music is Stewart’s other passion.

“You're kind of a barbarian, in a sense, on Sundays. There’s another side to a lot of players. Music is definitely that for me,” he said.

“Dare I say the softer side? Sensitive-- not sensitive,” he says, pausing, contemplating, “No, I am sensitive!”

Stewart says he grew up in a musical household and picked up piano on his own.

“A big part is just being creative, learning different types of music. For me I play piano, I don't read notes, I play by ear.”

The music is even part of his game day routine.

“We wake up in the morning at the hotel, come back here, change clothes… tickle the piano for a little bit.”

But don't be fooled, he takes music pretty seriously, turning the closet in the guest bedroom into a full studio.

He's teaching himself the software and wants to be a full-fledged producer.

“I want to make music for people one day, or for people, or movies. That's my plan after football.”

If you want to hear him play, you can catch Stewart at a special performance this weekend with the Charlotte Symphony.

The benefit show will be held Friday April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater. Tickets are $60 for general admission, which includes a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $125 and include both the pre-concert reception and a post-concert celebration.

Tickets are available from the CSO box office at (704) 972- 2000 and through CarolinaTix at www.carolinatix.org.

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