Latrice McGlothin

Songwriter/Recording Artist/Performer

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Throwback Thursday - Picture with Stevie Wonder

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.   --Stevie Wonder

 

Hello everyone,

To know me is to know that one of my musical inspirations is Stevie Wonder.  On Sunday, December 10 I had the honor of seeing him perform, encourage and joke for approximately 4 hours at his amazing House Full of Toys event.   The night included live renditions and back stories for two albums: Talking Book and Innervisions.  

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As I reminisced on the evening, I was filled with mixed emotions because his music was introduced to me by my father who I lost this year. 

Searching for happy feelings, I remembered the time that my sister and I had a chance to take a picture with Stevie at an event at the House of Blues, Los Angeles.   Such a nice, gentleman and indeed a happy evening.

What's your favorite Stevie Wonder song?

Ciao!

Latrice

 

Stevie Wonder: Happy Birthday Musical Genius - Born May 13, 1950

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. --Stevie Wonder

Hello everyone,

You know that I am super excited to sing a sweet Happy Birthday song to the one and only Stevie Wonder!  

Stevland Hardaway Morris was born on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan.  Stevie Wonder is a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and political activist.

Photo by: Jacquelyn Martin Musician Stevie Wonder celebrates as President Barack Obama awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Photo by: Jacquelyn Martin
Musician Stevie Wonder celebrates as President Barack Obama awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

His achievements are numerous celebrating his work in music and civil rights to include: Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, 25 Grammy Awards,  Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll halls of fame, named a United Nations Messenger of Peace and earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 from President Barack Obama.

Thank you Stevie for helping to shape music in the 20th Century and teaching us to handle issues with peace and love!  Have a Happy Birthday.

Ciao!

Latrice

Stevie Wonder: "Songs in the Key of Life" celebrates 40th Anniversary

"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision…" Stevie Wonder

Hello everyone,

To know me, is to know that music & inspiration from Stevie Wonder is a large part of the reason that I sing today.

Although released 40 years ago last month, the message and music of Stevie Wonder's seminal album  Songs in the Key of Life  still resonates today.

Although released 40 years ago last month, the message and music of Stevie Wonder's seminal album Songs in the Key of Life still resonates today.

As a child, I spent many Saturday afternoons with my father, sitting in front of our large picture window listening to and discussing diverse music. One day while listening to the Songs in the Key of Life album by Stevie Wonder my life was changed. The contents of the song Ngiculela/Es Una Historia/I Am Singing  brought me to tears as a child and made me want to have such an effect on people. From that moment on, I have been compelled to sing songs and make music that will positively touch the lives of others.  

I am not sure if it was the song's rich texture, the lyrics, the integration of different languages or the spirit of unity in which it was conceived but I was, and still am, hooked:

  • In September 1976, the Songs in the Key of Life album was released by Motown Records.
  • In October 1976, the album rose to number one on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 82 weeks.  
  • In 1977, the album won two Grammy awards: album of the year, and best male pop vocal performance.
  • In 2002, Songs in the Key of Life was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame  and in 2005, into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry
February 10, 2015 taping for "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life: An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. 

February 10, 2015 taping for "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life: An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. 

In 2014, I had the pleasure of attending the Songs in the Key of Life Tour at the Great Western Forum and the All-Star Grammy salute in 2015—both were WONDERful!

Take a moment to celebrate Songs in the Key of Life and share your favorite song from the album.

Ciao!

Latrice