Photo Credit: J.D. Small Photographer
May 13 1950,
Lived and Worked:
113 S. Washington Sq.
Inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame on May 25, 2006, Stevie Wonder is one of the most honored singer-song writers of his time.
In the early 1960s, he was “Little Stevie Wonder,” a Motown prodigy enrolled at the Michigan School for the Blind. As a Motown star, Wonder’s first album was a tribute to Ray Charles. As a young adult, the Saginaw native began writing songs and producing records independently. He said, “When creating music you have to live life—be inspired by life—to create experiences that are worth sharing with the world.”
Never shy of the political, Wonder championed the effort to create the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday. He continues to be a civil rights leader and has invited political & social leaders to speak on issues like voting rights at many of his performances.
One of the most prolific and celebrated artists in music history, Wonder is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Composers Hall of Fame, has a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and is a Kennedy Center honoree.