Stevie Wonder or Stevland Hardaway Morris (Judkins) was born in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13, 1950. He began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica, drums and bass. Berry Gordy signed him on to Motown records in 1961, where he was known as “Little Stevie Wonder”.
A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and won twenty-two Grammy Awards (the most ever won by a solo artist) as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the 2nd African American and first Motown artist to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his 1984 hit single “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from the movie The Woman in Red. Stevie Wonder has also been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame.
He has ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and album sales totaling more than 100 million units. Wonder has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and hit singles, and writes and produces songs for many of his label mates and outside artists as well. Wonder plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica, and clavinet. In his childhood, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills and vocal ability.
Stevie Wonder is truly a musical genius and continues to leave behind quite the legacy. The risks he takes musically and artistically are out of this world! His music knows no boundaries and is certainly timeless, making hits like “As”, “Superstition”, “Sir Duke”, “My Cherie Amor”, “Ribbon in the Sky”, and the list goes on. I’ve been inspired by this man since I was in the womb and “Knocks Me Off My Feet” is by far my favorite song of all time! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Now to mark seeing Stevie Wonder performing live off of my bucket list!
Until next time….