About Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder was born 6 weeks early and complications led to him losing his sight very soon after. However, he used his sense of sound to make music and by the age of 10 he had taught himself to play drums, keyboard and the harmonica. He also sang in his Church choir and by the age of 11 he had been spotted by Motown records. At the age of 13, he had his first hit single, which made him the youngest person ever to have a number one in the US charts.
Stevie Wonder's musical career has spanned over 50 years, but he is also committed to many humanitarian activities. He campaigned to for Martin Luther King Jnr's birthday to become a National Holiday, spoke out against Apartheid in South Africa, and carried out fundraising for AIDS research, numerous Children's and Cancer charities.
Stevie Wonder has been given a range of awards, both for his music and for his civil rights work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, being named one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace, and earning a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2014.