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.
An Interview with Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder giving an inspirational quote on how being blind doesn't mean you can't do what others do.
Stevie Wonder Preforming his album "Songs in the Key of Life" live.
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