Stevie Wonder. How can you write a short piece about Stevie Wonder? His name says it all; he is a musical wonder. From his days at Motown as an 11 year old prodigy to headlining the Calgary Stampede this summer, Stevland Hardaway Morris, does it all. Composing music and lyrics, singing, producing and playing a host of instruments, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in any day for all that he has accomplished.
Twenty five Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy is just the start. He has over two dozen albums with many of them gone Platinum.
His songs are loved worldwide. Most recently, the Royal Artillery Band played "Isn’t She Lovely" to announce and celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the newest heir to the throne of England.
Stevie Wonder turned 65 on May 13. So, I will stop here and say, Happy Birthday, Stevie. You are the sunshine in our lives.
To honor Stevie's milestone birthday, veteran keyboardist Bob Baldwin has a new CD, Mellowonder / Songs in the Key of Stevie, coming out June 16. About it Bob says, "As a budding young musician and keyboardist, the key albums that impacted me the most were Innervisions, Fulfilingness First Finale, Music of My Mind and Talking Book." He continues, "Those projects had a warmth that was unexplainable and, as a result, those four projects are very unique to his entire catalogue, so I wanted to create my own vibe that spoke to his use of the keyboard as an arranging tool which, of course, is miles ahead these days due to the application of digital technology."
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Our Smooth Video of the Day: A track from the new Bob Baldwin.