- NAME: Stevie Wonder
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Pianist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: May 13, 1950 (Age: 63)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Saginaw, Michigan
- AKA: Steveland Judkins
- AKA: Steveland Morris
- Full Name: Steveland Hardaway Morris
- Originally: Steveland Hardaway Judkins
- AKA: Stevie Wonder
- AKA: Little Stevie Wonder
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Stevie Wonder is an American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. His hit songs include "Living in the City," "Boogie on a Reggae Woman" and "Isn't She Lovely."
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After numerous failed attempts to make Martin Luther King Day a National Holiday, Stevie Wonder took off three years from his career in order to lead the cause.
"Songs in the Key of Life" was one of the most wildly anticipated album of the 70s and went on to win five Grammy awards.
In August of 1973, Stevie Wonder fell into a coma after getting in a devastating car crash.
With the breakthrough of "Music of My Mind," Stevie Wonder was able to rewrite his contract at Motown Records and the rules for pop artists for years to come.
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The single also won Wonder an Academy Award.
In 1982, Wonder teamed up with Paul McCartney for the No. 1 single "Ebony and Ivory." The 1980s also saw Wonder, who's never been afraid to tackle social issues through his music, successfully spearhead a movement to create a national holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Over the course of his long career, Wonder,
who has been married twice and has seven children, has been honored with numerous awards. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996). In 1989, Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, in 2009, he was recognized with the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
In recent years, Stevie Wonder's studio production has slowed. He released A Time to Love in 2005, following a 10-year hiatus. Wonder also put out the concert DVD Live At Last: A Wonder's Summer Night in 2009.
In 2012, Wonder caught some negative publicity after making a comment about singer Frank Ocean during an interview that some believed suggested an anti-gay stance. Wonder quickly cleared things up, however, stating, "Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man." He later added, "What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."
The following year, Wonder made headlines when it was announced that he would perform in Marrakesh on June 28, 2013, in an effort to make good on his earlier promise to host a concert if negotiators concluded an international treaty providing blind and visually impaired individuals worldwide with more access to books. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, a treaty to do just that was adopted by more than 600 negotiators from 186 states on June 27, 2013, at a United Nations-backed forum.
Later that year, Wonder revealed that he is working on new material. He expects to release two new albums, When the World Began and Ten Billion Hearts, in 2014. Wonder has been working with producer David Foster on these records. He also wants to do a gospel album in tribute to his late mother Lula Mae Hardaway.
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