Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder, who turns 68 on Sunday (May 13th)!!! On Wednesday night (May 9th) Wonder performed in L.A. at the Peppermint Club as part of his “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration Of Life, Love And Music." Pitchfork reported "during the course of the night, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) joined Stevie for 'Superstition.' Kelly Rowland and Jessie J were also present, providing backing vocals."
Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan in 1950, and later on legally changed his last name to Morris. At 12-years-old, "Little Stevie Wonder" had his first Number One hit with "Fingertips - Part 2," recorded live in concert. Listen closely and you'll hear the musicians struggling to keep up with Wonder as he improvises; at one point, one musician can be heard shouting, "What key? What key?"
Last October 22nd, Stevie Wonder kneeled while performing "The Star Spangled Banner" in Austin during his performance the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of America. TimeOut.com reported that Wonder performed a hit-packed setlist that included a surprise version of Carole King's "You've Got A Friend." Wonder addressed the crowd, stating, "I’ve never seen the color of my skin, nor the color of your skin. What I want you to know is that we are in a race, we here, all of us here, a race against time, (so) it’s time for all the leaders, all the people, all of us to come together in the spirit of unity so we can move this world to a positive form."
It was during his harmonica medley of John Lennon's global peace anthem "Imagine" with "The Star Spangled Banner," that Wonder took a knee in solidarity with the NFL players raising awareness of ongoing social inequality, which inspired audience members to follow suit.
Wonder got married last July under a cloak of secrecy at L.A.'s Hotel Bel-Air to third wife, Tomeeka Bracy. News only became public a week later because, according to Vintage Vinyl News, "Every guest, including family members, had to sign a confidentiality agreement that included a penalty of $1 million if they talked to the press. . . Reportedly, the best man and bridesmaids were made up of some of Wonder's nine children."
Among the 160 high profile guests attending the nuptials -- which featured Wonder serenading the bride -- were John Legend, Babyface, Pharrell, and Usher.
Wonder and Bracy who was 42 at the time, have been together since 2012 and have two children together. Wonder was first married to songwriter Syreeta Wright from 1970 to 1972 and Kai Millard Morris from 2001 to 2012.