Biography of Stevie Wonder and music career

Published At: 05 January 2021 , 08:24 PM

Biography Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is a musician of American origin, blind from birth. The founder of the classic style of soul and R'n'B. Singer with a 4-octave voice range, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer. Winner of the Grammy 25 times.

The future singer was born on March 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. The family brought up six children, the third of whom was Stevie. The boy, who was given the name Steveland Hardaway Judkins, was born prematurely and was placed in an incubator for premature babies. Naturally, the weak vision finally deteriorated after the doctors did not calculate the oxygen supply to the child.

Lula Mae Judkins, Stevie's mother, did not dwell on her son's illness, but in every way helped the boy to adapt to the world around him. Stevie learned how to move independently, learned to read a regular alphabet book, in which he groped for block letters.

In 1954, Lula Mae remarried and moved with children from her first marriage to Detroit, changing her last name to Morris. At the age of 9, the boy was presented with a harmonica, and then a piano appeared in the house, on which Stevie quickly learned to select the familiar musical compositions of Ray Charles and Sam Cook. In addition to playing the instruments, the boy sang in the church choir.


One day at Sunday service, the teenager was noticed by Gerald White, brother of Ronnie White of The Miracles, and invited him to audition. Stevie soon met the founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy. The producer immediately gave the boy a pseudonym - Little Stevie Wonder - and signed a contract under which Stevie went on a 4-month tour. Together with musicians from the Motown company, Stevie performed 94 concerts.

At the age of 11, under the guidance of Clarence Paul, the firm's producer, Stevie recorded his first hit "I Call It Pretty Music, But the Old People Call It the Blues", a year later the young musician's first album "The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie" and singles "Little Water Boy" and "Contract on Love". With the beginning of his concert activity, Stevie Wonder dropped out of school, but to get a diploma, the boy had to unlearn a special school for the blind at an accelerated rate.

At the age of 13, Stevie lit up with the hit "Fingertips", which he performed with Marvin Gay, the song immediately took the first lines of the pop and R'n'B charts. In the same year, the singer's live album, Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Genius. Recorded Live ".