The talented and award-winning Stevie Wonder is giving a few lucky fans the chance to catch him live this summer. The legendary musician has announced a concert series dubbed “Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music,” and you’re invited to join in the fun!
The 10 shows will span three cities, with the trek kicking off in Las Vegas’ Park Theater at Park MGM on August 3-11. From there, Wonder will perform a pair of shows in Atlantic City at the Borgata on August 26-27, followed by two more shows in National Harbor at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on August 29-30. The series will wrap on September 1 at MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The announcement marks Wonder’s first series of shows since his last full-fledged tour in 2015-2016, which celebrated his 1978 classic, Songs in the Key of Life. Despite this, he has appeared in several festivals in the past few years on top of performing at various special events here and there.
Fans can expect an immersive concert experience as Wonder draws on his extensive catalogue of award-winning music. He recently revealed plans to release a new studio album, Through the Eyes of Wonder, later this year.
Who Is Stevie Wonder?
The critically and commercially successful Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Morris in Saginaw, Michigan as the third of six children. He was birthed six weeks premature which led to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition that stunted the growth of his eyes and caused the retinas to detach, making him blind. A child prodigy, Wonder began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums. He mastered the keyboard, harmonica, drums, and bass before his teenage years and plays most of the instruments on his albums.
At the age of 11, he was signed to Motown’s Tamla label and earned the nickname “Little Stevie Wonder.” His 1963 album Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius, hit the charts at number one. The “Little” part was only dropped when he hit 6 feet. In 1969, Motown gave him complete control of his recordings. He was one of the first artists to write, produce, arrange, and perform his own songs. Wonder would continue recording for Motown records into the 2010s.
In 1973, Stevie was in a coma for four days after the car he was riding in was involved in an accident. The vehicle hit a logging truck, and one of the logs went through the windshield and struck him. He lost his sense of smell for a while, but it gradually returned, along with the higher consciousness that comes with a near-death experience.
Some of Wonder’s most notable singles include "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours,” "Superstition,” "Sir Duke,” "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and "I Just Called to Say I Love You.” He also released hit albums like Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life. Wonder has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most decorated male solo artists. He has also sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists of all time. In 2013, Billboard magazine listed Wonder at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists.