Stevie Wonder Essay

1187 Words May 7th, 2012 5 Pages
Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Jenkins is what it may say on his birth certificate, but this world-renowned, transcendent artist is better known as Stevie Wonder. Even at birth, Stevie was ahead of his time. He was born premature and doctors were unsure if he would live. Stevie was placed in an incubator to save his life. As a result of the incubator supplying Stevie with too much oxygen, he was left blind. Throughout life, Stevie never let his disability hold him back. By age 10, he had already taught himself how to play a multitude of instruments including, piano, harmonica, and drums. Soon after, he was discovered by Motown Records and was dubbed “Little Stevie Wonder.” This child prodigy released his first album at age 12. Through
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Not able to cross the street by himself, Stevie found a way to get to the guitar. Determined, Stevie paid his friend to escort him to where the guitar was being played (PBS, Wonder). Stevie’s determination and curiosity landed him on a neighborhood porch, where he would sing and play the bongos for groups of neighbors. He was soon discovered by Ronnie White, who was a singer in the Motown group, the Miracles. White set up an audition for Stevie, and he was signed by Motown Records almost immediately (Biography.com). The young, blind phenomena were an instant star around the Motown studios. He became known as “Little Stevie” and “Little Boy Wonder” eventually giving birth to the name “Little Stevie Wonder” (Dragonwagon, 15). After his debut album, Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Old Genius, Stevie went on to study classical piano (Biography.com), always pushing to master his craft, and master it he did.
The 1970’s belonged to this master musician. After negotiating a new contract with Motown Records, Wonder’s talent, drive and artistry, led to an unrivaled period of production (Biography.com). Under the terms of his new contract, Wonder had complete control over his craft and his music flourished producing four hit albums: Talking Book in 1970, Innervisions in 1973, Fulfillingness' First Finale in 1974, and Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. Stevie’s hard work paid off in the form of 15 Grammy

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