One of contemporary music’s most iconic stars, the legendary Stevie Wonder, announced today that he will be returning to North Sea Jazz. On Saturday the 12th of July he will perform at the festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This will be his second visit to the festival, following his debut in 2010 which received amazing critical reviews.
American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Stevie Wonder, is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music. To date he has amassed an astounding 49 Top 40 singles, 32 #1 singles, and worldwide album sales totaling more than 100 million units.
He has won an incredible 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and received a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 1984, for the song, “I just Called To Say I Love You” from the movie, The Woman In Red.
His participation in the massive 1985 “We Are the World” fundraiser for hunger in Africa was a music industry milestone, while his involvement to put an end to apartheid in South Africa is legendary. In recognition of his support for civil and human rights issues, Wonder was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on people with disabilities in 2009.
President Barack Obama, when asked in a Rolling Stone interview to name his musical heroes, responded with: “If I had one, it would have to be Stevie Wonder. When I was just at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie Wonder had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we've ever seen.”