For the last part of the Stevie Wonder story (for the time being) we thought that we would share some of the highlights from the last twenty years. Stevie Wonder has not been performing or recording as prolifically as he did until the mid 1990s, but he has released some chart topping singles.
I will hand over now to William to introduce some of these hits from the last two decades.
Despite Stevie Wonder reducing his performance and recording schedule there was no reduction in the quality or popularity of his music. For this finale we are going to share some of the top charting hits of the 1990s and 2000s.
“Gotta Have You” is the first single from the soundtrack of the Spike Lee film “Jungle Fever,” written and co-produced by Stevie Wonder and Nathan Watts in 1991. Rolling Stone magazine said that Wonder had not “sounded so freewheeling, confident and engaging” since his 1980 album “Hotter Than July. The song peaked at No. 3 in the Hot R&B/ Hip Hop chart, making it one of Wonder’s very few Top 10s of the 90s.
Stevie Wonder won two Grammy awards for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song with this beautiful ballad “For Your Love,” which he wrote and produced himself. This song is from the album “Conversation Peace” which is reminiscent of Wonder’s classic albums from the seventies but with a modern sound.
Stevie Wonder won his fourth Grammy award in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the song “From The Bottom of My Heart.” This single, from the album “A Time 2 Love,” peaked at #7 on the US Adult Contemporary chart.
This beautiful melody, written and sung by Stevie Wonder for the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled” is filled with pain, sorrow, and suffering, as well as hope. This is one of Wonder’s most passionate works. The film is a satire about a modern minstrel show featuring black actors in blackface makeup. Critics found the film a little “too over the top.”
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” was released in 1970 and spent six weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number three on the US Pop chart. The song was arranged by Paul Riser and featured a distinctive “sitar-guitar” in the introduction. This was the first single Wonder produced on his own.
It was to achieve further prominence in 2008. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the then presidential candidate Barack Obama named Stevie Wonder as his musical hero… Stevie returned the compliment by performing at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. This song became the unofficial campaign anthem for the future president.
Stevie Wonder continues to advocate for social justice and for those with disabilities. In June 2013 he performed a concert in Marrakesh for negotiators from the World Intellectual Property Organisation, when they agreed on an International treaty providing blind and visually impaired individuals around the world, with more access to books.
In 2014, Wonder received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. The following year, the singer/songwriter/musician was paid tribute by a pantheon of performers on the telecast “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute,” recognizing his classic 1976 album.
Buy the music of Stevie Wonder: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Wonder/e/B000AQ0PZO
Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder
About William Price King
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.
William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.
Connect to William
Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
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