The only person in the music industry who has been an inspiration to many people as a singer, composer and record producer is Stevie Wonder. The Grammy-winning singer is certainly one of the most beloved music stars of our time, especially since his talent and success have inspired many people to pursue their dreams, no matter what challenges try to stop them. As a singer of Soul, jazz, and pop, Stevie Wonder is also vast enough to extend to other genres to be a success.
Stevie Wonder’s Quick Bio
The pop singer was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan and was raised by his parents, Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway with his five other brothers and sisters. His mother would later take care of him and his other siblings’ education after she divorced his father before Stevland turned four. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother to Detroit where he grew up and where she changed his name to Morris.
From an early age, Stevie showed great musical talent; he started singing in the choir before his mother wrote songs for him. At only 11 years old, he signed his first contract with the Tamla label and released his first album The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie in 1962, followed by Tribute to Uncle Ray the same year. In 2005, when he released A Time to Love, the pop singer already had 25 other albums.
During a career that has seen him become one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, Stevie Wonder has won many awards including 22 Grammy Awards and Academy Awards among many others. He has also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian distinction available in the United States.
What Happened To His Eyes?
In the past, many have wondered if Stevie Wonder was really blind. Yes, he is. To be fair to those who claim he is not blind, there are cases and occasions when he has done things that suggest he could see. For example, there was a time when he grabbed a microphone stand that was falling during a live performance. But there are many who can tell us how much the senses of those who have lost their sight can be sharpened.
Another reason some people say he could probably see him is because of an operation he was preparing for in 1999. According to the BBC, the surgery that was to be performed at Johns Hopkins University could restore some of his sights. From then on, nothing was heard about the operation, but the available indications show that the pop star is still not able to see.
In case you wonder what happened to his eyes, he lost them shortly after he was born. It is because of certain complications that he suffered as a result of his premature birth.
Is Stevie Wonder Married? – Wife and Children
Stevie Wonder has been married three times in the past. The first woman to become his wife was Syreeta Wright. Born in 1946, Syreeta was a singer and songwriter whose musical career had reached its peak in the 1970s and 1980s. She married Stevie Wonder in 1970, and only 2 years later, the two separated.
The next time Stevie got married was in 2000, and this time it was to Kai Millard Morris who is a fashion designer. The marriage lasted longer than Wonder’s first, but it was not to last forever, as it ended in a new divorce almost 10 years after the two walked down the aisle. After separating in 2009, Stevie filed for divorce in 2012, and by 2015, everything was settled and they were officially divorced.
Tomeeka Robyn Bracy became the third woman to marry the singer after tying the knot in 2017. They had been dating for some time before they got married. At the time of their marriage, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy was 42 years old and Wonder 67.
Stevie Wonder is married three times and has 9 children, but not all of them were born to the women he married. His marriage to Syreeta Wright did not produce any children, but after their divorce, Stevie met and had two children with Yolanda Simmons; Aisha Morris who was born in 1975 and Keita Morris in 1977.
Stevie Wonders’ third child is Mumtaz Morris. He was born to the singer by Melody McCulley in 1983. His second wife, Kai Millard Morris, gave birth to two sons, Kailand Morris born in 2001 and Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland Morris in 2005. His third wife Tomeeka Robyn Bracy is the mother of his two youngest children. There is very little information available about them.