Known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist including vocals, various keyboards including digital piano, percussion & harmonica to name but a few. Stevie was a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown‘s Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. In his junior years he was named “Little” Stevie Wonder and his first album made him a huge child star.
Following the success of the R&B hit ‘’Fingertips’’ he enrolled in the Michigan School for the Blind where he studied classical piano. Now in his twenties Stevie pioneered the use of more exotic digital piano sounds through the use of synthesizers in popular music (most notably in ‘Music of My Mind’.) By the time of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie was serving as his own producer and arranger, playing performing at the digital piano. During this time he had hits including “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours“. His singles upheld Motown’s traditional hook element, but distinguished themselves with socially conscious subjects such as ghetto hardship, abuse and political unrest were devoted to his more exotic musical ideas. By 1985, Stevie Wonder was an American icon performing onstage at the piano with Smokey Robinson.
He continued to enjoy fame at the piano dueting with many a star including Bruce Springsteen on the all-star charity single for African Famine Relief, “We Are the World“. He also played the harmonica on the album Dreamland Express by John Denver in the song “If Ever” and coupled with Michael Jackson on more than one occasion. Behind closed doors he reinforced his skills with practice on the piano, vocals and undertook theory lessons which in turn improved his composition capabilities. Stevie liked to be thought of as a ‘rounded’ musician with the image of him sitting at the piano serving up funky rhythms whilst delivering the improvised steely sounds on the harmonica to create unique and heady musical textures that would make Stevie the piano man – the eighth wonder of the world.