Stevie Wonder was a child prodigy and Michigan native who signed with Motown at age 11. Stevie became a devout Christian who got his start in music at church. To this day, his faith plays strongly into life and music. One great example is the song “As” from the 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life,” the Grammy award winner for “Album of the Year.” This same album was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which credited it for being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.”
Here’s some of the inspirational lyrics from “As” / We all know, sometimes life’s hates and troubles / Can make you wish you were born in another time and space / But you can bet you life times that and twice its double / That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed / so make sure when you say you’re in it, but not of it / You’re not helping to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell / Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love / And maybe our children’s grandchildren / And their great-great grandchildren will tell / I’ll be loving you.
According to Wonder, God gave him the ability and opportunity to rise to the top in the music industry despite his considerable handicaps. He said many years ago, some people would say, ‘Well, you have three strikes against you: You’re black, you’re blind and you’re poor.’ But God said to me, ‘I will make you rich in the spirit of inspiration, to inspire others as well as create music to encourage the world to a place of oneness and hope and positivity.’ I believed Him and not them.