American musician that won the hearts of millions, Stevie Wonder is known as one of the most inspirational and creative artists of the 20th century.
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Michigan on May 13, 1950, he is more recognized by his stage name Stevie Wonder. He was born blind but despite his disability he became one of the most influential superstars we know today. His famous hit songs include “Living in the City”, “Isn’t She Lovely” and many more.
Stevie Wonder showed an incredible talent for music since he was a child. He and his family moved to Detroit when he was 4 years of age and he started singing in a church choir. He learned to play an array of instruments like harmonica and piano all by himself before the age of 10.
Rising child star
Stevie Wonder released his first album when he was only. It happened when Ronnie White, the co-creator of The Miracles group, spotted Stevie and arranged an audition with Berry Gordy, Jr., who signed a contract with no hesitations.
Stevie’s album came out called “Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Old Genius”. It was an immidiate success that included the hit “Fingertips”.
Stevie Wonder soon dropped “Little” from his stage name and went on to release another very successful single “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”
Cheered young man
Stevie was growing up and this didn’t stop him from further developing his skills as a musician. By 1971 he started to compose his own music. He released some of his best work over 70’s becoming world famous. During the late 60’s to early 70’s Stevie released some of his finest hits like “I Was Made to Love Her”, “For Once in My Life” and many others.
Hype of 80’s
The 80’s weren’t as successful for Stevie Wonder as the previous two decades, but he a strong force in the music industry. He released several hits like “I Just Called to Say I Love You for the 1984 movie The Woman in Red. He won the Academy Award for the single.
Probably one of the most famous songs of the 80’s was “Ebony and Ivory” who Paul McCartney teamed up with Stevie Wonder to create and this was one of the initial sparks that propelled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a national holiday.