U.S. singer Stevie Wonder performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy © Pierre Albouy / Reuters July 16, 2014 09:25pm EDT Modified by Egypt Today
Cairo – 18 October 2017: “Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!” – Stevie Wonder
A child prodigy that is now a living legend, Stevie Wonder, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, made his debut at the young age of 11.
Born as Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, six weeks early with retinopathy of prematurity, an eye disorder which was exacerbated when he received too much oxygen in an incubator, leading to blindness.
Wonder may have lost one of his five senses, yet he gained a sixth when he showed an early gift for music. Self-taught before the age of ten, he played a wide range of instruments, including the harmonica, piano and drums.
His hit songs are still much loved until this day, including “My Cherie Amour”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Superstition”, “Living in the City”, “Boogie on Reggae Woman”, “Sir Duke”, “That Girl” and “Part-Time Lover”.
● In 2014, Wonder received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former US President Barack Obama.
● At the age of 11, Wonder was signed to Motown's Tamla label.
Another Quote for the road:
“Mama was my greatest teacher; a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”