Listen to Stevie Wonder Perform His Classics on ‘On Air’ [AUDIO]
Legend Stevie Wonder came by to talk to Ryan about how his career, to promote his charity event, Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Benefit, Michael Jackson. When Ryan asked Stevie what it’s like to be Stevie Wonder, Stevie told Ryan, “It feels like I am very thankful, blessed and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person…I’m kidding!” All jokes aside, he then got serious admitting he often asks himself to this day, “What does this all mean?” He then added, “You got to remember, I was signed to Mo-Town when I was eleven.” Stevie then took Ryan back to how it all started, and how he got started as a singer. “There were certain rules that my mama had,” he told Ryan, ” I didn’t realize that I was blind! My mind was wanting to drive a car, climb a tree, just anything… I was at home and I heard this music from a few blocks away, somebody was playing guitar and I wanted to go there and hear what that was.” Then one day while in “snapping” with some “bad friends”, “the kind of kids your mother would say, don’t hang out with,” Stevie explained, a religious car repair man told him to stop saying “nasty things” and use that beautiful voice for spiritual music. “And then I sang ‘Oh Lord save me, I didn’t mean to do that, oh Lord save me,’ and so then he immediately goes into his pocket and gives me two dollars of change…so then my friends and I would go to the store and get a bunch of candy!” Stevie became so enthusiastic about singing to earn money to buy his candy, that he was discovered by Ronnie White’s Aunt of “Smokey Robinson and the Miracles,” who encouraged him to go to Mo-Town.
After telling Ryan that in 2011 he is going to reveal a big secret, he doesn’t have a favorite song to play. “I have fun with all of them,” he told Ryan, “I still see this job as the job.” He then talked about the charity even which he is having on Saturday at the Nokia theater, “This is the 15th year that we’ll do it, and the goal is to raise money…We want to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy this festive time of the year…and we get all kinds of artists.” Finally, he talked about his good friend Michael Jackson, and his opinion on the latest album. “I like it and I like song number four (like the way you love me) without question…When he died, there were those who loved him so much, and there were those talking craziness…it bothered me…He was a blessing to the planet and I just think a way to show him, to show his mother, is just to let the legacy of this man live for love is bigger then hate.” To hear more about Stevie’s opinion on Michael Jackson and him rocking out with Ellen, be sure to listen to the whole interview!