He was born prematurely and put in a malfunctioning incubator, leaving him permanently blind. Despite his disability or maybe because of it, Stevie Wonder was a musical prodigy, who signed with Motown Records as a teenager. He has gone on to win 25 Grammy Awards, a lifetime achievement award and an Academy Award. His is an inspiring story of great obstacles, but even greater achievement. From a near fatal car accident in 1973 to the day-to-day challenges of his disabilities, Stevie Wonder's story is as unique as his music.
- Thursday May 8 at 9:00AM EDT
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Stevie Wonder - Coma (2:25)
After numerous failed attempts to make Martin Luther King Day a National Holiday, Stevie Wonder took off three years from his career in order to lead the cause.
"Songs in the Key of Life" was one of the most wildly anticipated album of the 70s and went on to win five Grammy awards.
In August of 1973, Stevie Wonder fell into a coma after getting in a devastating car crash.
With the breakthrough of "Music of My Mind," Stevie Wonder was able to rewrite his contract at Motown Records and the rules for pop artists for years to come.
On his twenty-first birthday, Stevie Wonder allowed his recording contract with Motown to lapse, giving him the opportunity to chart his own course and creative freedom as an artist.
Defying convention at Motown Records, Stevie Wonder began writing and recording his own music. It was during this time that Stevie met his first wife, Syreeta Wright.