Stevie Wonder isn’t letting the fact that he is only a few years from retirement stop him from enriching his illustrious career even more. The 63-year-old icon said on Tuesday that he is set to release his first album in eight years, called When the World Began, in conjunction with producer David Foster.
Even though Stevie Wonder filed for divorce last year, he said that his new albums were inspired by: “my children, family, change, growth, heartbreaks,” he also spoke in the interview about the influence hip-hop has had on his new material:
“I listen a lot to rap, and I’m inspired to take it, to use it in another way, to get the message across,” he said.
Not a whole lot is known at the moment about the new tracks on the album but some rumors suggest that there will be a number of reworked versions of Stevie wonder’s biggest hits played with a symphony orchestra.
He spoke about the multi-cultural legacy that he wants to leave for his mother Lula who died back in 2006:
“I might sing a gospel song in Arabic or do something in Hebrew. I want to mix it up and do it differently than one might imagine,” he said. “Obviously the good word at the end of the day, it’s not about the religion, it’s about the relationship. And I think we all need to check our relationship.”
Fans wait with great expectation for the two new Stevie Wonder albums which are due for release sometime on 2014.
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