Stevie Wonder

By: Cassie Berger

Childhood

  • Born completely blind on May 13,1950
  • Child prodigy in music despite being blind, starting in church choir, and later showing in his gift to play multiple instruments including harmonica, piano, and drums- all self-taught
  • Made his recording debut at age 12

Obstacles

  • Stevie was born completely blind (born premature- too much oxygen)
  • Difficult to find teachers who can teach an instrument to someone blind, so he taught himself
  • Once he was popular, he had a hard time staying relevant in the music world

How He Overcame His Obstacles

  • Tried to follow in the footsteps of his role model, Ray Charles
  • Taught himself any instruments he wanted to play
  • Had a wide range of music to stay relevant
  • Public intrigued because of his natural talent for great music and the fact that he was doing this blind

Achievements

  • 1982- No.1 single "Ebony and Ivory" with Paul McCartney
  • Married twice, 7 children
  • 25 Grammies, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1989- Got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Recognized with the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song