Stevie Wonder, the American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer, was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan on May 13, 1950. Blind since right after birth, Wonder was a child prodigy. He signed with Tamla, a Motown label, when he was eleven years old and is still with Motown. Among the best known singles by Wonder are “I Wish,” “Sir Duke” and “Superstition.” Notable albums include Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions and Talking Book. Wonder has recorded over thirty top 10 hits.
Stevie Wonder had his first hit song with “Fingertips (Pt. 2)” at the age of 13 in 1963. His first breakthrough album came in 1972 when he released Music of My Mind, which dealt with mystical, political and social themes. His follow up Talking Book, released later that year, spawned the number one hit singles “Superstition” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” In 1973, Wonder released Innervisions, which featured the singles “Living for the City” and “Higher Ground.” In 1976, Songs in the Key of Life, his highly ambitious double album, was released. This time period is often referred to as the “classic period” for Wonder. He went on to even more commercial and critical success in the 1980s and beyond.
Wonder has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other male solo artist. He was named the U.N.’s Messenger of Peace in 2009. Stevie Wonder has released a total of 98 singles, 23 studio albums, four live albums, three sound track albums and 10 compilation albums. He has had over thirty top 10 hits, ten No. 1 pop chart hits, and 20 R&B No. 1 hits and sold over 100 million albums. Wonder is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the piano, harmonica, synthesizer, drums, congas, bongos, bass, melodia, organ and clarinet.