He is a multi-instrumentalist,
singer-songwriter and producer born prematurely in Saginaw, Michigan, as Stevland Judkins, which was later changed to Stevland
Morris. He has been blind from infancy possibly due to receiving excessive
oxygen levels in his incubator, causing retinopathy.
He was singing and playing at
church from a very young age and taken to Motown
at the age of 11 where he became Little Stevie
Wonder. He had his first major hit at the age of 13 which was
"Fingertips" and featured an also young Marvin Gaye on drums. He
dropped the "Little" from his name in the mid-60s and went on to
become one of the most successful Motown artists
ever as performer and songwriter.
His backing group is called Wonderlove and over the years has featured singers that
have included Deniece Williams, Minnie Ripperton and Syreeta Wright,
who he was briefly married to from 1970 until 1972.
In 1973 he was in a serious
road traffic accident that left him in a coma and removed his sense of
He has appeared on songs with
many artists including Chaka Khan, Busta Rhymes,
Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney and has performed the harmonica on
hundreds of recordings.
Alongside being inducted into
the Rock and Roll and the Songwriters Halls of Fame he was honoured at the
Kennedy Center Honors
by President Clinton. He has
championed the efforts to make Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday as
well as being involved in many humanitarian projects.
A winner of 21 Grammy Awards
which has been unbeaten by a solo artist, he has also won an Oscar for Best
Song with "I Just Called To Say I Love You", and has had more
than 30 Top 10 hits.
He has seven children and his
four-year old son accompanied him at the pre-game show for the 2006 Super
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