Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, the musical prodigy, was born on May 13, 1950. His real name is Stevland Hardaway Judkins and Stevie Wonder is just a stage name.

Many believed that Stevie Wonder was born blind. According to Wikipedia,

He was born six weeks premature, which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind.

Though living in a world of darkness, Stevie Wonder started playing music at a very young age. At the tender age of 11, he was already composing and singing his own songs. He secured a recording contract by with Motown and by the age of 12 Stevie Wonder was already touring theaters across America.

There was no turning back from there onward, becoming a legend in the music industry.

He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2013, Billboard magazine released a list of the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the U.S. singles chart’s 55th anniversary, with Wonder at number six.