Diaspora: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Diaspora: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life By Ifeteleola Hephzibah Genius knows no expiration date, and definitely we hope Stevie Wonder will still t

Homes: Illuminate Your Living Room with White Decor
Sports: Masai Ujiri’s Inspired Route to Success
Bisi Onasanya Wins GENESIS Magazine CEO of the Year 2015

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
By Ifeteleola Hephzibah

Genius knows no expiration date, and definitely we hope Stevie Wonder will still treat the world to another great master blast as he celebrated his 65th birthday this year. Steveland “Stevie Wonder” Morris is an indisputable icon of American music, but in many ways is best understood as a part of a separate tradition — that of the musical prodigy. Like Mozart, Mendelssohn, Earl Scruggs, and Alex Chilton before him, Stevie Wonder composed and performed songs as a young child that inextricably transformed the contemporary landscape. By the time he was 12 years old, Wonder was an ascendant star and popular live draw. By 18 he had already experienced a full career’s worth of professional and creative triumphs and setbacks. By the 1970s, a decade he dominated with a masterful run of classic albums, Wonder had fully wed his extraordinary intuitive genius with the hard-won lessons of a calloused music business veteran.

stevie-wonder-ws-710-385-150114
Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1950, the third of six children to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. He was born six weeks premature, which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind. When Wonder was four, his mother left his father and moved to Detroit with her children. She changed her name back to Lula Hardaway and later changed her son’s surname to Morris, partly because of relatives. Wonder has retained Morris as his legal surname. Wonder began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums. He formed a singing partnership with a friend; calling themselves Stevie and John, they played on street corners, and occasionally at parties and dances. A natural showman and sonorous vocalist, Wonder gained sufficient notoriety as a street performer that he quickly attracted the attention of executives from the local Motown juggernaut. What followed was a series of events resembling nothing so much as Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts — the gifted wunderkind encountered skeptically by veteran wizards including Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. Label head Berry Gordy was the Dumbledore figure — sufficiently intrigued to take a chance, but worried what complications might follow. Complications did arose but he weathered them with his intricately woven songs and the joy he brought to people’s lives were unquantifiable.

48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
Fast forward 2015, Wonder has become such a legendary figure that he was celebrated at An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” a primetime entertainment special event presenting the iconic songbook and remarkable legacy of the 25-time GRAMMY winner. In the 56-year history of the GRAMMY Awards, Wonder is the only artist to have received Album Of The Year honors in three out of four consecutive years with Innervisions, Fulfillingness’ First Finale, and the seminal Songs In The Key Of Life. With a catalog that is one of the richest treasure troves in American music, his songs are still revered and influential today and his longevity as one of America’s and the world’s most respected and beloved artists is well earned.
Wonder has been married twice: to Motown singer/songwriter and frequent collaborator Syreeta Wright from 1970 until their amicable divorce in 1972; and since 2001 to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris. In August 2012, Wonder filed for divorce from Kai Millard; they had been separated since October 2009. Wonder met Yolanda Simmons when she applied for a job as his secretary for his publishing company. Simmons bore Wonder a daughter on February 2, 1975: Aisha Morris. According to Wonder, the name Aisha is “African for strength and intelligence”. After she was born, Stevie said “she was the one thing that I needed in my life and in my music for a long time. It was this in mind, she was the inspiration for his hit single “Isn’t She Lovely”. Aisha Morris is a singer who has toured with her father and accompanied him on recordings, including his 2005 album, A Time to Love. Wonder has two sons with Kai Millard Morris; the elder is named Kailand and he occasionally performs as a drummer on stage with his father. The younger son, Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland Morris, was born on May 13, 2005, his father’s 55th birthday. Wonder’s ninth child, and his second with Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, was born in December 2014. Originally thought to be triplets, the couple’s new daughter is named Nia, meaning “purpose” – “one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa”. In May 2006, Wonder’s mother Lula Mae Hardaway died in Los Angeles, at the age of 76.
A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and won 25 Grammy Awards (the most ever won by a solo artist) as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has also been awarded the Polar Music Prize. American music magazine Rolling Stone named him the ninth greatest singer of all time. In June 2009 he became the fourth artist to receive the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award.
He has had ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and has sold over 100 million records, 19.5 million of which are albums; he is one of the top 60 best-selling music artists with combined sales of singles and albums. Wonder was the first Motown artist and second African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, which he won for his 1984 hit single “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from the movie The Woman in Red. On February 23, 2009, Wonder became the second recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for pop music, honored by president Barack Obama at the White House. On March 6, 2010, Wonder was appointed a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand. Wonder had been due to be invested with this honor in 1981, but scheduling problems prevented this from happening. A lifetime achievement award was also given to Wonder on the same day, at France’s biggest music awards. In June 2011, the Apollo Theater inducted Wonder into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.
With songs like “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Superstition,” and “For Once In My Life,” Wonder contributed to the soundtrack of many millions of lives worldwide. In the meantime, there is also the truth that a man’s legacy is his truest testament. Arguably no living artist has left a legacy greater than Stevie Wonder.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 82
  • There as certainly a great deal to learn about this issue. I really like all of the points you ave made.

  • Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying these details.

  • you are in point of fact a excellent webmaster.

  • Im thankful for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

  • Well I sincerely liked reading it. This post procured by you is very useful for proper planning.

  • pretty handy stuff, overall I believe this is well worth a bookmark, thanks

  • You have mentioned very interesting details! ps nice web site.

  • I visit everyday some blogs and websites to read articles, except this website offers quality based articles.

  • This is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise information Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

  • Thank you ever so for you blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  • I went over this internet site and I conceive you have a lot of good information, saved to bookmarks (:.

  • Very interesting information!Perfect just what I was looking for! I have a hundred times wished that one could resign life as an officer resigns a commission. by Robert Burns.

  • Thanks a lot for the post. Keep writing.

  • Muchos Gracias for your blog.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  • Major thanks for the article. Will read on

  • Jualan Tas Online Murah It as great to come across a blog every once in a while that is not the same out of date rehashed material. Fantastic read!

  • Major thanks for the article post.Really looking forward to read more.

  • Thanks so much for the blog post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  • long time watcher and I just thought IaаАа’б‚Т€ТšаЂаŒаАа’б‚Т€ТžаБТžd drop by and say hi there there for your really initially time.

  • I view something really special in this website.

  • There as certainly a lot to know about this subject. I like all the points you ave made.

  • Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is fantastic, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about &.

  • This is a topic that is near to my heart Best wishes!

  • VIBRAM FIVE FINGERS OUTLET WALSH | ENDORA

  • writing is my passion that as why it is quick for me to do post writing in significantly less than a hour or so a

  • Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  • Just wanna input that you have a very decent internet site , I like the design it really stands out.

  • Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  • There as definately a great deal to know about this subject. I really like all the points you have made.

  • I value the article.Really thank you! Will read on

  • WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait.. ?

  • Many thanks for sharing this great write-up. Very inspiring! (as always, btw)

  • the Zune Social is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them.

  • This excellent website certainly has all the information I wanted about this subject and didn at know who to ask.

  • I will right away grab your rss feed as I can at find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please allow me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  • Right now it seems like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now. (from what I ave read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  • thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get

  • online casino bonus view of Three Gorges | Wonder Travel Blog

  • slot machine gratis gallina dalle uova d aoro

  • Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  • Normally I do not learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite nice post.

  • This is a topic that as near to my heart Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  • It is super weblog, I would like to be like you

  • You made some clear points there. I looked on the internet for the subject matter and found most people will approve with your website.

  • Muchos Gracias for your post.Much thanks again.

  • Very informative blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  • What as up, all is going fine here and ofcourse every

  • Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is fantastic, as well as the content!

  • Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a part of your post to my website?

  • I really liked your blog article. Much obliged.

  • publish upper! Come on over and consult with my website.

  • You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the subject matter and found most people will approve with your website.

  • Major thankies for the post.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  • Wow, great blog article.Really thank you! Will read on

  • Muchos Gracias for your blog.Thanks Again. Will read on

  • Very neat post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  • Major thankies for the blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on

  • Wholesale NFL T Shirts Okay, nice to see a useful blogs. Thanks for the information.

  • I really liked your post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  • Very good article! We are linking to this great post on our website. Keep up the great writing.

  • wow, awesome post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  • Im obliged for the article.Thanks Again. Will read on

  • Please check out my web site too and let me know what

  • Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content!

  • Many thanks for sharing this very good piece. Very inspiring! (as always, btw)

  • Major thanks for the blog article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  • It is in reality a great and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • I value the article.Really thank you! Really Great.

  • Wow! This could be one particular of the most helpful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Wonderful. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  • Thanks for another great article. Where else could anybody get that kind of info in such an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the search for such info.

  • You created some decent points there. I looked on the net for that challenge and discovered most of the people will go coupled with with all of your internet site.

  • Im thankful for the blog post.Much thanks again.

  • You are my inspiration , I have few web logs and rarely run out from to brand.

  • Thank you ever so for you blog post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  • Looking forward to reading more. Great blog article. Awesome.

  • It’а†s really a cool and helpful piece of info. I’а†m happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Your style is so unique compared to other folks I ave read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you ave got the opportunity, Guess I all just bookmark this web site.

  • You are my breathing in, I have few web logs and very sporadically run out from to post.

  • Thanks so much for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  • Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article. Keep writing.

  • Perfectly written written content , regards for selective information.

  • This is one awesome article.Really thank you! Want more.

  • DISQUS: 0