Stevie Wonder

American Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist • Born 1950 • R&B/Soul

Fast Facts

  • He was considered a child prodigy because he was a skilled musician (piano, organ, harmonica, drums) by 8 years old. 
  • He made his first recording debut at the age of 12. 
  • He was blind, but not born blind; he became blind due to retinopathy of prematurity, which got worse after he received too much oxygen in an incubator. 
  • He was born in Michigan, USA. 
  • His first stage name was “Little Stevie Wonder.”
  • He has received 25 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. 
  • He was a huge advocate for social issues and used his single, Happy Birthday, to help create a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. 
  • He also supports social issues such as AIDS research and research for the blind community. 
  • Because of his commitment to social issues, he was named the United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2009.

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