“Sometimes, I feel I am really blessed to be blind because I probably would not last a minute if I were able to see things.” (Stevie Wonder)
Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, his heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addressed serious racial, social, and spiritual issues, or sang about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope always seemed to emerge.
Stevie never used his blindness as crutch not to succed, instead he has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits, won 22 Grammy Awards the most ever won by a solo artist in history. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Song and been inducted into both the Rock an Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine named the ninth greatest singer of all time and and album sales totaling more than 100 million units.
Stevie Wonder has had a unique career as a singer, composer, instrumentalist and performer. The longevity of his music is evident in so many facets of our life’s, where his melodies and lyrics are frequently sampled/covered on records and movies and has gained him the respect of his peers in the entertainment industry.
Enjoy this clip of Stevie performing “Too Close” with The Williams Brother on a VH1 Honors Special.