Stevie Wonder is one of the most successful musical performers in the entire world. Through the decades, his popularity and fame has spread to every continent of the world. The legend has experimented with many genres during his long career but Soul and R&B remain his forte. His versatility is proved by his talent as a singer, musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and a record producer. Born six weeks premature, Wonder suffered from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). This resulted in complete blindness for the rest of his life. While he was a toddler his mother moved to Detroit with the rest of his siblings. Here he met his first singing collaboration in his friend John. Wonder started playing various instruments early on his life. These included harmonica, piano and drums and bass. He started Stevie and John and started playing on street corners and sometimes at parties and dances. So get cheap Stevie Wonder tickets asap.
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At the age of 11, Wonder created his first composition “Lonely Boy”. He sang that to Ronnie White of the Miracles. White took him and his mother to Motown where the CEO signed him to Motown’s Tamla label. Stevie Wonder has been loyal to Tamla label ever since and has released all of his albums and singles through the label that gave him his start. By the end of the ‘60s, Wonder had released twelve studio albums and over twenty singles and ended the decade with a compilation album titled Greatest Hits. His live album Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius topped the charts in the US and the UK and become the best-selling R&B album of the decade by an under-twenty. Being a child prodigy, Wonder’s fame extended rapidly and everyone wanted to listen to the young boy singing so brilliantly.
The ‘70s saw Wonder release ten albums including two live albums and a soundtrack album for the documentary The Secret Life of Plants. This decade was very influential and commercially successful for Stevie Wonder. Almost all of his albums went on to receive gold certifications with the exception of one. The Songs in the Key of Life, released in ’76 is Wonder’s best-selling album which sold over ten million records. The album received diamond status and topped the charts all over the world. It peaked at number two at the Billboard 200. Songs in the Key of Life included hit singles like “Another Star,” “I Wish,” “Sir Duke,” and “As”. All of these singles topped the charts on the Pop Singles and on the Black Singles. As time progressed, the album became a signature album for Wonder. It is cited as one of the greatest albums in popular music history. The Rolling Stones ranked the album at 56 on their 500 greatest albums of all time. The hit album has inspired many musicians towards the music industry. The King of Pop Michael Jackson credited the album as his musical inspiration, just like George Michael and Elton John did.
Out of the twenty two Grammy Awards that Wonder won throughout his career, twelve of them were won during the ‘70s. These include three ‘Album of the Year’ for his albums Innervisions, Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life. Singles like “Superstition,” “Living for the City,” “I Wish” and two others were critically acclaimed, peaked on the charts and won the Grammy Awards in their respective categories. Since the ‘80s, Wonder has released eight albums including two soundtrack albums and a live album. He won ten more Grammys for his singles and collaborations. For his diverse services to music, he has won numerous prizes, inductions and awards. The tip of the iceberg is the Gershwin Prize, George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award, Billboard Century Award and being titled the Messenger of Peace by the United Nations among many others. His name has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Michigan Walk of Fame and many more.
Stevie Wonder is one of the few artists that have ten number one hits on the US Pop Charts and twenty number one hits on the US R&B charts. His albums and singles have collectively sold more than a hundred million records making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists in the world. After his mother passed away, Wonder started touring again to spread the love and celebrate life and whatever it has to offer. On a nationwide tour, the legendary soul singer will be visiting many cities. So grab Stevie Wonder tickets and experience his lively and engaging performance.