Stevie Wonder's Wives and Children: A Glimpse into the Iconic Singer's Life
One of the most successful musicians of the 20th century, Stevie Wonder, is a force to be reckoned with. His personal life however, has not been as successful or drama-free for that matter. In fact, with his three wives and nine children, Stevie Wonder's life has had an immense amount of pressure.
What fans might not know is that he has faced several health issues that have hindered his career. Wonder has been battling a serious condition and shared the secret with fans in July this year. Read on to find out what that secret was and he and his big family managed to cope with all the struggles in their way.
FACING A DIFFUCULT PATH SINCE BIRTH
Born on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevie Wonder’s full name is actually Stevland Hardaway Judkins. Although the musician reached international fame and managed to climb all the way up the Hollywood ladder, Stevie’s road to stardom definitely wasn’t an easy one. From the moment of birth, Wonder was already facing difficulties.
The artist was born six weeks early and suffers from retinopathy as a result. This eye disorder was made worse because he received too much oxygen in his incubator. Unfortunately, this led to Wonder's blindness. However, the young boy's luck seemed to change at the early age of 11 when Ronnie White discovered him.
THE MOMENT HE STARTED MAKING HISTORY
After an audition with Berry Gordy Jr., the Motown band founder, Wonder was quickly given a record deal. It was in 1962 that Stevie’s path down this road had begun. After being newly renamed ‘Little Stevie Wonder,’ the young artist released his debut ‘The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder,’ working alongside Motown songwriter Clarence Paul, amongst others.
The instrumental album did its job in showcasing the youngster’s impeccable musicianship. Just a year after, Stevie was making history. The musician’s single ‘Fingertips’ was already a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. He was only 13 years old at the time, making him the youngest artist in history to top the chart!
His “classic” period started in the ‘70s, with albums such as ‘Music of My Mind, ‘Talking Book,’ ‘Innervisions,’ and others. Stevie started bringing in the awards, winning Album of the Year at the 16th, 17th, and 19th Annual Grammy Awards. Wonder is the only artist to have won this award with three consecutive album releases.
His 1970s albums are still regarded as extremely influential to this very day. The Rolling Stone Record Guide said they "pioneered stylistic approaches that helped to determine the shape of pop music for the next decade". He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, placing him amongst the best-selling music artists of all time.
He's also won 25 Grammy Awards, granting him the title of most awarded artists of all time. What made Wonder special was his mastery of virtually every idiom of African-American music. He has a way with words and musical arrangements, knowing what works and what doesn't. This, with his profound talent on keyboard instruments are what makes him a genius.
Another key factor to his uniqueness is his childhood roots. Wonder grew up in a religious black family and this influenced his musical direction. His black church background has given him a gifted and one of a kind depth and honesty. This is what has ultimately allowed him to project emotionally and connect with millions of people.
HIS FIRST LOVE, SYREETA WRIGHT
In 1970, Stevie Wonder and famous Motown singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright tied the knot. Wright was a very skilled lyricist and worked with her partner on hits like "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and "If You Really Love Me." Stevie also worked on her albums "Syreeta" (1972) and "Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta" (1974).
Although the pair frequently collaborated on their music, they split up 18 months later. Their amicable divorce was finalized in 1972. Wright went on to get married two more times. She also had four children over the years. The singer-songwriter sadly passed away, losing her battle with cancer in 2004.
A SECOND MARRIAGE TURNED SOUR
Stevie then went on to marry a fashion designer, Kai Millard, they were married in 2001. The pair's relationship, however, turned sour in 2009. They eventually separated in October the same year. After 11 years of marriage, the couple finalized their divorce in 2012.
The former couple decided to remain silent about their separation. No details or reasons for the divorce were shared and the public was left in the dark, without answers. Wonder and MIllard did have two children, Kailand Morris and Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland Morris, which they are now parenting separately.
GIVING TRUE LOVE ANOTHER SHOT
In 2017, the singer decided to give love a third try. He married Tomeeka Robyn Bracy in a ceremony that featured performances by A-list celebrities like John Legend, Usher and Pharrell Williams. Upon meeting the legendary singer, Bracy used to work as a schoolteacher.
The two's paths had crossed in the early 2010s when Wonder was still married to his second wife, Karen Millard-Morris. The pair remained a couple, seeing each other steadily for a lengthy five years before tying the knot. They have two children together, and they are the youngest of Wonder's nine children.
Wonder's first child, relatively unknown and there is no information available on him. His second child is the famed Aisha Morris. Her mother is Yolanda Simmons who met Wonder when she applied for a job as a secretary for his publishing company. Not only did Aisha follow her father's footsteps, but she also inspired his hit single "Isn't She Lovely?"
After Aisha, Wonder and Simmons went on to have another child together. This time they welcomed a son into the world. Their third, Keita, was born in 1977. Keita is also in the music industry. While he does not sing, he works as a DJ and uses the name, DJ Jersey Wonder. He is also very active on social media.
Mumtaz Morris is the son of Stevie Wonder and Melody McCulley. He was born on October 14, 1983, and followed his father's footsteps. Just like his musician father, Mumtaz has an established career in the music industry. In fact, he is considered to be a pretty successful R&B singer, with singles like "The Gift" and "The Curse."
Sophia leads a life very under the radar. She values her privacy and not much is known about her. The identity of her mother, who was not one of Wonder's wives, was never released. The two prefer a quiet life free from the challenges of fame and paparazzi.
Kwame Morris is the younger brother of Sophia thus his mother is also unknown publicly. He was born on August 6, 1988. Kwame is now 31-years-old. He chose to enter the fashion world and is currently working as a model. Kwame is managed by the popular LA-based company Storm Models.
Wonder then went on to have two sons with his second wife Kai Millard Morris. The eldest of the two is Kailand Morris. Kailand is a musician like his father. In fact, he often appears on stage with his father as a drummer during some of his father's concerts.
Mandla is the younger son of the legendary Motown singer and Kai Millard. He competed on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" in 2018. The young star also dabbles in acting. He made his first on-screen appearance in the 2018 film "A Star is Born." It is clear that Mandla loves his time in the limelight.
Wonder had his last two children with his current wife Tomeeka. The “I Just Called to Say I Love You” hitmaker has kept information about their first child together out of the media. However, the birth of their daughter Nia in 2014 was widely published and reported in many media platforms.
WONDER'S WORRYING HEALTH CONDITION
In July 2019, Wonder told his fans that he only had three shows left before an operation-mandated hiatus. Crowds at London BTS fest were shocked to hear of his condition. The legendary singer shared that he was in need of a kidney transplant. The star did, however, set them at ease.
Wonder went to explain that he had a donor and that he was fine. The majority of his friends have also indicated that he is in good spirits and doing well. The operation took place in September and the star has been taking his time to recover. He has also used his hiatus to spend more time with his family.
Attempting to maintain his career, family and good health has been challenging but the star's positive attitude will help him win the battle. A man of many talents, Wonder has changed musical history forever. Despite a turbulent personal life and three marriages, he remains a good father and an even better singer.
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