Stevie Wonder The Blind Role Model

by: Kristen Mckanna

Stevie Wonders Life

Stevland Hardway Morris was born 6 weeks premature on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. Steve was blind as a baby from receiving too much oxygen in the incubator. Stevie and his family moved to Detroit, Michigan when he was 4 years old. He taught himself harmonica, piano, and drums all before he was 10 years old. In 1962 Stevland was newly named Little Stevie Wonder and released his debut album called "Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Old Genius. That record was an immediate hit. In 1964 Stevie dropped the little from his name Becoming Stevie Wonder, and put out his successful single "Uptight(Everything's Alright)". Stevie started to write his own music starting in 1971 and signed a new contract with Motown which gave him most the control over his records and albums. In the 1970's Stevie put out 4 outstanding albums and got 15 Grammys. Though not as successful, !980's is the decade that won Wonder an Academy award for his single "I Just Called to Say I Love you" in 1984 for the movie "The Woman in Red" by Gene Wilder. In the 1908's Wonder also used his music to spread word of creating a national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Stevie Wonder in still doing music to this day, having created 2 albums in 2014.

Stevie's life shows us that no matter what restirctions you have holding you down, you can still be just as great as anyone else in this world, and that all of us are meant for something great.

Wonder's Acomplishments

Stevie Wonder has achieved many things in his long life including: Winning 25 Grammys along with a Grammy life time achievement award in 1996, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, recording several hit songs such as "Isn't She Lovely", "Living in the City", and "Boogie on a Reggae Woman". He made 4 outstanding albums(Talking Book in 1972, Innervisions in 1973, Fulfillingness' First Finale in 1974, and Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. Wonder has also teamed up with Paul McCartney for a no.1 single called "Ebony and Ivory" in 2009, and was recognized with the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

An Interview with Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Interview
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Stevie Wonder giving an inspirational quote on how being blind doesn't mean you can't do what others do.

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Stevie Wonder Preforming his album "Songs in the Key of Life" live.

Stevie's Conflict

Stevie Wonder may be blind but he stated "Just because a man lacks use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision", clearly stating that he doesn't let something that he can't control bring him down. Stevie has also survived many car crashes and has received numerous death threats, but doesn't let any of it bring him down. Stevie Wonder gives out a clear message that even if your blind, have a disability, or have anything that restricts you, you can still do what you love and can accomplish as much, or even more than any normal person out there.
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Stevie with the President and CEO of Global Green USA, family and others Attending the Global Green USA 19th Annual Millennium Awards on June 6, 2015 in California.

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