The life story of Stevie Wonder, the mastermind child who took the globe by storm and is up until this day known as one of the most prominent musicians.
This amazing man has never in his life considered his blindness as a con.
Born Steveland Judkins, in Saginaw, Michigan, Wonder, became popular as he could play instruments from a young age, wasn’t born blind. However, he was born prematurely and had to be kept in an incubator at 6-weeks-old. Unfortunately, as a result of excess oxygen, his eyesight was pulled down.
He was examined with Retinopathy of Prematurity, meaning that the growth of the eye is discontinued, resulting in the retinas separating and causing blindness.
In 2004, talking to Oprah Stevie described that he wasn’t mad at the doctor who gave him excess oxygen. He also said he had to visit the hospital very often to the hospital where he was born and awarded. Wonder said: “I don’t rue what happened because it made me who I am. But I’d love to see.”
Life was challenging especially when he was young.
Stevie remembered his mom sobbed a lot knowing and seeing his condition, so when he was only five years old he said to his mom: “Don’t worry about me being blind, because I’m happy.” According to Oprah, Stevie said, “I said something like that. It bothered me that my mother was weeping all the time. She thought God might be grueling her for something. She lived during a time when things were particularly difficult for a woman in her position.” “I used to say that if something happened to my mother, I wanted to stand with her. That’s because I loved her so much. I want to live so I can carry out the essence of what she has shown me: kindness and goodness.”
Stevie says he was a curious kid who wasn’t nervous to try new things.
He recalled: “We had these wood sheds in the backyard, and we played a game where we’d jump from the top of the woodshed into the alley. Who could jump the farthest? The kids were like, ‘Go, Steve, go!’ but I guess I missed the moment when my brother Larry whispered, ‘Momma’s home.’ So I’m on top of the shed saying, ‘Are you ready? Here we go!’ And I jumped right into my mother’s arms.” Then he began playing with drums and harmonica and after that, he discovered the piano.
At the age of 11, Stevie released his first album The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie.
Discussing the time he was discovered by Berry Gordy Jr. and amazed him with his musical skills, Stevie said: “It was a tough point. The people there were excited about me being with them, but the lawyer my mother used was not that impressed with Motown.” “There were some works, and some guy there said to my mom, ‘Let me tell you like this: Stevie can either sign this contract, or he can spend the rest of his life selling pencils.’” “My mom said, ‘I don’t give a damn what you say.
My son will never sell pencils ever in his life.’ And the deal was off. I think Berry Gordy finally talked with my mom about the “misunderstanding,” and they worked it out.”
Many of Stevie Wonder’s songs are on top charts all over the globe. Among all those hit songs, and which are heartwarming, are ‘I Was Made To Love Her,’ ‘For Once In My Life,’ and many others. Speaking about his future plans, Stevie is thinking of shifting to Ghana endlessly and trying to preserve his grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the race differentiation in America. He shared: “I wanna see this nation smile again. And I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana because I’m going to do that.” I am [relocating permanently] because I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children have to say, ‘Oh, please like me. Please respect me, please know that I am important, please value me.’ What kinda [life is that]?”