Created blind on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, vocalist, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Steve Wonder made his recording debut at age 12. He recorded his first hit single in 1963. Within the following ten years, Wonder recorded several hit songs, including “Living in the City,” “Boogie on a Reggae Girl” and “Is Not She Lovely.” His fertile period came to a conclusion in 1979. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Stevie Wonder was only 11 years old when he was discovered by Ronnie White of the Motown group the Wonders. In 1962, the recently renamed Little Stevie Wonder, working having a Motown songwriter, released his debut record, Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Old Ace.
The record, which contained the hit “Fingertips,” was an instant hit. But rather than rest on his laurels, the hardworking Wonder, who continue to study classical piano, driven to boost his musicianship and songwriting abilities.
Due in part to his natural ability, but also due to his deep devotion to his craft, Stevie Wonder faced the problem of remaining useful as a musician as he grew from boy to man. In 1971, Wonder, who’d started composing his own music, negotiated a fresh contract with Motown that gave him nearly complete control over his records and significantly raised his royalty rate.
It was an unprecedented concession by Gordy, but, artistically, it was just what Wonder desired. As the 1970s unfolded, the musician went via an unrivaled amount of creation. On the span of four excellent records, Talking Book (1972), Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) and Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Wonder created a number of the very indelible tunes in popular music history. The group contained several extremely popular singles, including “Living in Town,” “Boogie on a Reggae Woman” and “Is Not She Lovely.” In all, Wonder recorded 15 Grammy Awards throughout the decade.
By those unbelievable exalted standards, the 1980s were not nearly as successful for Wonder. However, he proved to be a tremendous musical power, making an accumulation of hits that contained the soundtrack single “I Just Called to Say I Love You” for the Gene Wilder movie The Woman in Red (1984). Like so much of Wonder’s work, the song crossed racial lines, paving the way for this to become Motown’s largest international hit of all time. The single also won Wonder an Academy Award.
The 1980s also found Wonder, who is never been frightened to handle societal problems through his music, successfully spearhead a movement to develop a national holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Within the span of his long career, Wonder, who has been married twice and has seven kids, continues to be honored with numerous awards. He’s won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996). In 1989, Wonder was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, in 2009, he was recognized together with the Next Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Lately, Stevie Wonder’s studio creation has slowed.
In the year 2012, Wonder got some adverse publicity after creating a remark about vocalist Frank Ocean during an interview that some considered indicated an anti-homosexual position. Wonder rapidly cleared things up, however, saying, “Certainly, love is love, between a guy and also a lady, a girl along with a guy, a girl as well as a girl along with a guy as well as a guy.” He afterwards added, “What I am not confused about is the world wanting a lot more love, no hate, no bias, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Span.”
The next year, Wonder made headlines when it had been declared he would perform in Marrakesh on June 28, 2013, in a attempt to create good on his earlier promise to host a concert if negotiators ended an international treaty providing blind and visually impaired people globally with more accessibility to publications. As stated by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a treaty to do only that was embraced by more than 600 negotiators from 186 states on June 27, 2013, in a United Nations-backed forum.
After that year, Wonder shown that he’s working on new content. He also needs to do a gospel album in homage to his late mom Lula Mae Hardaway.