By Sam Hofer
Hit song, “Isn’t she lovely” isn’t the only beautiful thing that Stevie Wonder has created in the world. Ever since his debut album in 1963, Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Old Genius, he has been striking chords not only on the piano, but in the hearts of all those lucky enough to feel his music. Monumental songs such as “Ebony and Ivory” and “We Are The World” are just a few of the world-changing songs that led to a deeper understanding of human-kind and of life in general.
Born blind in 1950, no one would ever suspect that Stevie Wonder would be playing an instrument at all, let alone being one of the greatest pianists, vocalists and songwriters of all time. At 12-years-old he debuted his first album and everything else from there, is history.
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The Saginaw, Michigan native is a huge contributor to a number of charities for multiple causes. In fact, he donates large sums of money to the advancement of over 20 charities, supporting 24 different causes. Among these charities are City of Hope, Music for Relief and Stand Up To Cancer.
Stevie Wonder has made very generous donations to the Junior Blind of America in the form Christmas presents in past years. Along with monetary donations, Wonder also donates his talents to different causes, recording multiple songs where all the profits of the sales on iTunes, or tickets were donated to charities. For example, proceeds from the hit “That’s What Friends Are For” go great lengths to the development of AIDS-relief. Wonder also preformed at Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam For Children.
In the political realm, Wonder has taken his talents to the U.N. and has become the United Nations Messenger of Peace to help support people living with disabilities.
Stevie Wonder’s humanitarian tendencies are exactly the Good Sign that we’re looking for to change the world for the better.
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