Stevie Wonder profile

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950, as Stevland Hardaway Judkins), though better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an African-American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Blind from birth (he was born six weeks premature and gained retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), resulting in detached retinas), Morris turned to music from an early age. He learned how to play piano, harmonica and drums. His first gigs were with a friend, playing as Stevie and John, on street corners, and sometimes at parties and dances.

In 1961, Morris was signed up with Motown's Tamla label after he impressed CEO Berry Gordy. His royalties would be held onto until he was 21. After a successful tour on the Motortown Revue, Morris would record a song called "Fingertips" under his stage name "Little Stevie Wonder". The song became a huge hit and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Wonder the youngest artist ever on the chart. His voice quickly changed however and he was nearly removed from Motown, until the executives gave him another chance. In 1964, Wonder struck gold again with "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", another number one hit. In the 60s, Wonder would continue to score hit after hit.

When the 70s rolled around, Wonder began recording more complicated music, using Marvin Gaye's influence from the album What's Going On. His 1973 album Innervisions demonstrated his awareness of social and politicial issues. It wasn't until the 1980s and 90s that Wonder will gain more fame and recognition than any other point in his history, with tracks such as "Part-Time Lover" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You" taking up more radio airplay than his other songs.

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Gender: Male
Born: 1950-05-13
Country: United States
Is Active: Yes