Stevie Wonder Didn’t Let Blindness Stop Him

Once upon a time, a music producer called the 11-year-old musician Little Stevie Wonder. You could call it something of a prophetic decision because he turned out to be one of the most revered musicians of our time. Everyone on this planet knows a tune or two of his.

Stevie Wonder 1986
Stevie Wonder 1986. Photo By Globe Photos/mediapunch/Shutterstock

Stevie Wonder has performed for presidents, kings, and queens and has recorded with some of the music industry’s biggest names. He’s been to the top of the charts many times, not to mention the countless awards he earned. But do you know how he lost his sight?

How He Lost His Sight

Stevland Hardaway Judkins, or Stevie Wonder as we know him, was born six weeks premature in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born with stunted growth of blood vessels in the back of his eyes.

Stevie Wonder at the Motown Cafe, Las Vegas, America, 1997
Stevie Wonder at the Motown Cafe, Las Vegas, America, 1997. Photo By S/Shutterstock

It caused his retinas to detach, and once he was born and placed into an incubator, the oxygen pumped into it only made the condition worse. He was left permanently blind. But blindness wasn’t going to stop the future superstar.

A Star Was Born

Stevie Wonder wasn’t going to let his blindness prevent him from being a star and pursuing his love of music. In fact, soon after he started walking like a little child, he was already a member of his local church choir.

Honoree Stevie Wonder is congratulated by President Clinton at a White House reception hosted by President and Hillary Clinton on December 5, 1999.
Honoree Stevie Wonder is congratulated by President Clinton at a White House reception hosted by President and Hillary Clinton on December 5, 1999. Photo By Ron Sachs/Shutterstock

The young singer mastered the piano, harmonica, drums, and bass before he even had the chance to hit his teens. By the time he auditioned for Motown Records, 11-year-old Stevie had left founder Berry Gordy speechless.

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