Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

"There's been a time for war, a time for strife, a time set aside for everything under the sun. We must now set aside a time for love. "- Stevie Wonder

Talking about numbers, is currently so difficult in vogue in the world of pop and Glitzerglams. Nine (shots had 50 Cent received before he could become the global poster figure of HipHop). 28 (weeks spent Usher last year with his singles in the square to the Billboard sun). And 41 (centimeters circumference measured a Kylie Minouges hip after the investment of its most recently, corsets). Perhaps we should therefore also once about numbers speak ... 19 (Grammys). 24 (number-one hits). 72 million (albums sold). No question: Stevie Wonder is one of the largest, the music world has ever seen.

Here, the now 55-year-old exceptional artist not talking so much about numbers. Its theme is love. "The time has come for the language of love," he says about his great new album "A Time To Love", its now 36. Incidentally. "And I'm talking about every conceivable form of love. The love for your partner, your brother or sister. The love for humanity, love for the faith - no matter. While working on this project, I had all kinds of love in mind. "

In this way, a mature soul record is created, the manifesto of a musical genius, it has taken on the task of renewing themselves repeatedly. "A Time To Love" pairs the entertainer qualities of the former Boy Wonder Stevie Wonder with the earthy and experimental spirit of the early seventies and this unique sense of moving melodies, the world hits like "I Just Called To Say I Love You" or "Happy Birthday "could produce. The best example Concerning this timeless correct size is the first single "So What The Fuss", the featuret none other than Prince on guitar and En Vogue as a background singer.

The other songs are but this in every way. As is the programmatic title "Positivity", which barely fit better in this could sometimes depressing time full of anxiety and distress. There's the brilliant "From The Bottom Of My Heart", showing a mature songwriter at the height of his creative powers. And of course there is the wonderful title song "A Time To Love", a duet with the Grammy-decorated Motown colleague India.Arie. "I try to make music that is timeless," says Stevie Wonder About his work. "Good for me it's all about the energy that I feel. . The single song is to bring only one way this energy to express "How well he succeeded, sums up his label boss Sylvia Rhone with such simple as fitting words together:" It is a very lively album of a great artist, without which the music world would be much more Poorer. "

Stevie Wonder was born in 1950 as Stevland Morris in Saginaw, Michigan. His first years in the music industry bear actually Trains a meteoric rise. From Ronnie White of the Miracles (once launched the Motown era and Berry Gordy his first gold record bestowed) discovers he has before his eleventh birthday record deal in his pocket. In september 1962 his first album "The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie" appears at Tamla. Wonder plays on piano, harmonica, organ and drums, his skills driving on all instruments and inspires critics to a myriad of accolades. His next LP, the Ray Charles tribute "Tribute To Uncle Ray" is, indeed rezipiert best as amiable OkskuritÄt and likely today most still fOr die-hard fans of interest. But as early as 1963 celebrates Stevie Wonder the first big triumph of his incomparable career: the first artist on the Billboard story he is simultaneously in single ( "Fingertips Pt.2") and album charts ( "Recorded Live - The 12 Year Old Genius ") to place in the sun.

Stevie Wonder's first major creative period until 1971 brings no less than 14 other albums, including two "Greatest Hits" couplings, a live album and the Christmas album "Someday At Christmas" from 1967. Their title track shows early his outstanding talent on political Embassies transport About touching melodies: Stevie relates, inter alia on the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement, who had a few years earlier found in March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech peaked.

In 1971 so far is a weighty incision in Stevie Wonder's career when runs his first record deal with this year. He breaks away from the targets and marketing mechanisms of the industry, which he had seen as increasingly narrowing his personal and artistic freedom, and go for a while to New York to experiment musically and humanly. When he finally did a new (production) deal with Motown signs, this happens to its terms. Again, Stevie Wonder thus proves Early Bird: At only 21, he has complete creative control over his work.

It begins one of the most interesting phases in Wonders career. The albums "Music Of My Mind", "Talking Book" (both '72) and "Inner Visions" ('73) show a confident, multi instrumental and open Stevie on the HÖhe his art. The range of topics is supplemented by spiritual and personal, but also social and political issues. The compositions and arrangements are complex, his songwriting always sophisticated. In 1976 - almost as a logical consequence of this artistic maturation - its most probably most impressive opus, "Songs in the Key of Life". A double album with an estimated ten international hits and a timeless, original Soul signature on a compact Soul song like "Past Time Paradise" as naturally finds space as the sprawling dancefloor monster "Sir Duke" or "Another Star". How does "Songs In ..." in the further course of pop history, showing the sheer immense number of cover versions and remakes in connection to this record: George Michael and Mary J. Blige's "ace", Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" or "Outro Lugar" are all hits 'in Their Own right'. Fast to mention already obsolete, that "Songs In ..." the top of the Billboard pop charts-entert - after "Fulfillingness' First Finale" the second number-one album in a row for the now 26-year-old Soul Ster.

Stevie Wonder, however, takes the big success not as an opportunity to rest, but rather as an artistic challenge. In 1979, he takes on the largely instrumental "Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants", which serves as a soundtrack for a documentary. He performs this plate with an African-American Synphonieorchester in "Metropolitan House" and continues its subtle (racial) political work. In 1980, he responds to the slowly louder accusations, he could not commercially successful music write more: His album "Hotter Than july" Does the great "Master Blaster (Jammin`)" (the turn of the millennium in the 2step garage version of DJ Luck MC Neat one of the biggest hits of the dance scene is) and of course the Martin Luther King tribute "Happy Birthday".

Thus, the claims are staked final. The Seventies have Stevie Wonder no less than 15 Grammys and four American Music Awards introduced, the incredible variety of his twelve albums between 1970 and 1980 has also made him musically untouchable. Time for the former child prodigy, to further extend its sphere of influence and to make particular political usable. 1983 is used to record the legendary "Saturday Nighht Life" episode, in the Stevie alongside his brilliant impersonator Eddie Murphy a fine sense of irony proves. One year later the first Oscar: "I Just Called To Say I Love You" from the soundtrack to Gene Wilder's "Lady In Red" is named Best Song and simultaneously leads to the charts in the UK, Germany and the USA. At the beginning of the following year makes him such huge popularity for second soloist on the written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie charity anthem "We Are The World". And as was first celebrated in January 1986 in 17 US states Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a public holiday, this is also a victory of Stevie Wonder, who has for years vehemently for this step.

1991 takes Stevie on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" and once again demonstrates his unique ability to demonstrate, to approach the emotions of the big screen with his own musical language. In 1996 he received - also this - the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2004 the Billboard Century Award, the highest award that holds the billboard for artistic achievements. Stevie Wonder but is far from being just a distant memory in the rock Roll Hall of Fame to be. "So What The Fuss" was alone in its first week 418 radio spins - more than any other single earlier in the Billboard Adult RB charts. The hip-hop producer du jour, Madlib, adopted in 2003 under its "Yesterday`s New Quintet" alias on a tribute record called "Stevie". And the protagonists of the Neo-Soul Movements like Alicia Keys or Dwele bow concluded before Stevie Wonder, this great singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. They bow to his work, which has hers so decisively influenced and will continue to shape. They bow to songs like "Superstition", "Too High", "Part-Time Lover", "Do not You Worry 'Bout A Thing" or "These Three Words". They bow to his collaborations with Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Bono, Paul McCartney, Sting, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra. And they bow before his never dormant struggle against hatred and discrimination.

Stevie Wonder's story is the story of a musical icon who has found his way into the hearts of millions of people - with "A Time To Love" he has now added this another impressive chapter.

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