Stevie Wonder

By Avery DeLacey

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About Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder was raised alongside his five siblings by his mother.

Wonder started singing in his church at the age of 9. He sang with his siblings but believed he was meant for bigger and better things.

As a child he learned to play the harmonica, drums, piano, and organ.

He auditioned at Motown and became a young prodigy at the age of 10.


Stevie Wonder was blinded within minutes of being born by low oxygen levels in his incubator.

Wonder's father walked out on the family leaving his mother to raise him and his five siblings all on her own.

Wonder and his family moved to Detroit with very little money. They had to fight to survive with what they had.

In 1973, Wonder was in a car accident; a near death experience for him. He had deep facial scars that remain on his face to this day. His career almost ended permanently after this.

Overcoming Obstacles

Stevie Wonder signed with Motown at a young age in order to help support his mother and siblings after his dad left.

Wonder's strategy to success in life was being completely independent. He broke free of Motown in order to express his own musical ideas.

He became involved in politics lobbying for gun control and preventing drunk driving.

Wonder considers himself an activist and provides charitable concerts in order to give back his community. He relates to the poverty in the world.

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Stevie Wonder has a long list of impressive achievements including 22 Grammy awards, an academy award for best song in 1985, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

His achievements were more than just music based. Wonder sponsored the "Stevie Wonder Home for Blind and Ill Children" in 1976.

Wonder was also an activist for political and social causes like "Moms Against Drunk Driving" and an AIDS awareness campaign.

He also founded the Change Against Hunger Program.