Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins, 13.5.1950)
Stevie Wonder is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has been a major figure in the popular music scene over the last forty years. Stevie Wonder is responsible for twelve top ten albums and more than thirty top ten hit singles including Uptight (Everything's Alright), Superstition, and I Just Called to Say I Love You. Amongst his many accolades, Stevie holds a Lifetime Achievement Award, twenty-six Grammy Awards, and is a member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Stevie Wonder had a net worth of 110 million USD.
Childhood: Steveland Judkins Hardaway was born in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13th 1950, the third of six children. Steveland was a premature baby and, due to complications, became blind shortly after birth. However, this did not discourage his musical aspirations and he began playing the harmonica at an early age. In 1954 Stevie moved with his family to Detroit where he joined a church choir. By the age of ten, Stevie had mastered harmonica, piano and the drums. Stevie's talents did not go unnoticed; he impressed Ronnie White (of Motown act The Miracles) so much that White introduced eleven year-old Stevie to Motown CEO Berry Gordy. Gordy immediately signed Stevie to the Tamla Motown label under the name 'Little Stevie Wonder'.
Musical career: Little Stevie Wonder had his first major hit when he was just thirteen, reaching number one in the US Pop and R&B charts with Fingertips (Pt. 2). Stevie provided vocals, harmonica, and bongos while a young Marvin Gaye played drums on the track. After dropping 'Little' from his stage name, Stevie followed this initial success with a string of hits including I Was Made to Love Her, For Once in My Life, and Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind. The 1960s also saw Stevie begin to co-write most of his singles and collaborate with other Motown artists, enjoying hits with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' The Tears of a Clown and The (Motown) Spinners' It's A Shame. After releasing a poorly received instrumental soul/jazz album under the pseudonym Eivets Rednow, Stevie Wonder had numerous hits throughout the late 1960s, including My Cherie Amour and Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours. This period also showcased Stevie's backing group, Wonderlove. Stevie Wonder released the groundbreaking album Where I'm Coming From in 1971. However, following disagreements over creative control, Stevie left Motown on his 21st birthday. Now with more artistic freedom than ever before, Stevie recorded two albums, which he used as leverage when signing back up to Motown in 1972. By this time Stevie was a multi-instrumentalist and producing his own recordings. Stevie continued to broaden his horizons both lyrically and musically, including pioneering use of the synthesizer. In 1972 Stevie released the classic album Music of My Mind, the first of five highly regarded albums on Motown. After touring with the Rolling Stones, Wonder released Talking Book in 1972, which spawned the number one single You Are the Sunshine of My Life. Both Talking Book and 1973's Innervisions went gold, hitting the top five in the US album chart. Stevie's next album during this classic period, Fulfillingness' First Finale, was a sparser, more personal record than its predecessors, yet retained political bite with the number one single You Haven't Done Nothin' (with backing vocals from The Jackson 5). Songs in the Key of Life followed two years later, in 1976, and became the first album by an American artist to debut at number one on the US Billboard. The singles I Wish and Sir Duke both hit the number one spot in the US and the top five in the UK. In 1975 Stevie performed at the Wonder Dream Concert alongside Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The 1980s were Wonder's most commercially successful years, with increased record sales, television appearances, and charity and civil-rights work. Hotter Than July, released in 1980, become Wonder's first platinum selling album and a vehicle for his campaign to establish Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday. In 1982 Wonder collaborated with Paul McCartney on the number one single, Ebony and Ivory, and in 1984 he released I Just Called to Say I Love You, from the The Woman in Red soundtrack. The single went to number one in the US and the UK and picked up an Academy Award for Best Song. Stevie continued to release a steady stream of records throughout the 1980s and 90s, including collaborations with Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. In 2005 Wonder performed at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, and released A Time to Love, his first new album in ten years.
Personal Life: Stevie Wonder is an activist for civil rights and has vocalised his support for Barack Obama. In 2006 Stevie received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Stevie was married to his second wife, fashion designer Kai Milla Morris, in 2001. The couple separated in 2009, before being divorced in August 2012. Wonder has seven children from several relationships, including his daughter, Aisha Morris, who has accompanied Wonder on his recordings as well as on stage.
The White House was opened up to a highly exclusive private party studded with celebs on Saturday, courtesy of the President.
A few more details emerged today about an exclusive private party held by President Obama over the weekend, at which megastars such as Prince are rumoured to have performed. At Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed that the President and the First Lady did indeed host a “private event” on Saturday (June 13th), but he remained tight-lipped as to further details.
However, Page Six was informed by anonymous attendees that not was The Purple One playing, he also brought Stevie flippin’ Wonder on-stage for a duet!
Prince performing at Leeds Arena in 2014
What happens when you take Pharrell, Snoop Dog, Snoop's favourite medication, and Stevie Wonder? A crazy story - that's what!
With Snoop Dog's 'Bush' set to hit shelves on 12th May 2015, Snoop and the record's producer, Pharrell Williams, took some time to give an interview about the creation of some of the tracks from the album. One of the main topics of conversation, however, turned out to be how they got Stevie Wonder to appear on the song 'California Role', and how the two musicians reacted to his arrival.
'California Role' was released on 5th May 2015
Pharrell originally played the song 'California Role' while the two were recording the album in Miami, apparently because it was a song he had made that had never made it onto an album. Snoop knew he couldn't rap over the song, so he reached out to a friend of his to write some lyrics for him, before he realised that the song was calling out for Stevie Wonder.
Lady Gaga will be honoured by the Songwriters Hall of Fame when she receives their Contemporary Icon Award in a ceremony on 19th June.
Lady GaGa's status as an iconic singer has been confirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Hall will present Gaga with the Contemporary Icon Award which is presented to a singer "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture".
Lady Gaga will receive the Contemporary Icon Award.
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Alvin Chea, David Thomas, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi and Jonathan Butler - Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Take 6 and Jonathan Butler performing in tribute to Andrae Crouch at the 23rd Annual Movieguide Awards at Universal Hilton - Universal City, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
Check out 'Daffodils', the latest track from Mark Ronson's upcoming album 'Uptown Special'.
Mark Ronson has released a new track 'Daffodils'.
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Well this is a piece of news noone was expecting… Taylor Swift, another pop star at the height of her career, has joined Season 7 of The Voice as an advisor. As the title suggests, Swift will advise the Voice hopefuls across all four teams. The announcement comes via Us Weekly, who also note that Taylor will be taking over the role from Season 6 advisor Chris Martin.
Raise your hand, if you weren't expecting this move from Taylor Swift.
Apparently, Swift has already made her valuable contribution to the season, with a source for Us saying: “Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor.”
With Motown being revived in the form of a Broadway show, we explore the vibrant music scene of Detroit.
Beyoncé and Jay Z let their music do the talking as they attract a host of stars to their On The Run Tour over the weekend
They might struggle to behave themselves in an elevator but put Beyoncé and Jay Z up on a stage in front of thousands of fans and they know exactly what to do. The power couple once again shrugged off relentless rumours about their marriage troubles to perform the latest set of their On The Run Tour in Los Angeles.
Natalie Portman was one of many famous guests who watched the Carters in action over the weekend
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As a lifelong fan of Stevie Wonder's recordings from the 1960s and 70s (plus the odd gem from the largely best-averted 1980s), I have avoided checking him out live over the years, for reasons I can't fully explain. Perhaps it's that thing where you're so into something that you just don't want to be let down by some potential horror that it's all gone terribly wrong over the years and you don't want your love for the stuff tainted by a bad experience.
And so it was, heading down to Clapham Common on a sunny summer's afternoon to see Stevie, I had mixed feelings of seeing the man himself - the legend, the "genius", as he was originally known back in the early days - and of the possibility that the pedestal upon which I'd put him all these years would crumble away rapidly over the course of a couple of hours, due to the passing of time and the conceivable decline in musical character.
After queuing for beers for what felt like an eternity, my companion and I found a good spot and waited with trepidation for things to kick off. Eventually, and without any fanfare, a band gradually began to assemble onstage beginning a jam which morphed sneakily into a very slick and tight cover of Marvin Gaye's classic 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)'. This band were precisely the kind you'd expect Stevie to have backing him these days. They had 'LA session dudes' written all over them but they demonstrated enough playfulness and swing to make it work.
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Oscar-nominated hip-hop artist, Pharrell Williams, explains the reason he decided to name his son Rocket Ayers Williams.
Pharrell Williams, the hip-hop artist best known for the Oscar-nominated single 'Happy', revealed the meaning behind the name of his son Rocket Ayer, born in 2008. The name serves as a homage to Williams' favourite musicians, Roy Ayers, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock.
Williams stated that he and his wife, designer/model Helen Lasichanh, wanted to give their son an inspirational name while also honouring their musical idols. This was achieved through the name 'Rocket', as it serves as both a symbol of souring high, and is found in the name of a song by several artists that Williams enjoys.
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Date of birth
13th May, 1950