by Jeff Meier (FB: Jeff.Meier.90)
The world got a happy surprise when Stevie Wonder released two brand new songs earlier this week, his first new songs as lead artist in years.
Wonder held a virtual press conference Tuesday with reporters to reveal his latest news, in addition to the new tunes. Wonder, who turned 70 earlier this year, reported he “feels great” after a kidney transplant last December.
Most shockingly, nearly 60 years after he first signed with Motown at the age of 11, Wonder announced that he has left what had previously been his lifetime record label for his own What the Fuss Records, to be distributed through Republic Records (a sister label to Motown in the Universal Music Group family).
The label is named after the Prince-assisted single “So What the Fuss,” which was included on Wonder’s last full-length album, A Time to Love from 2005.
The new songs “Where Is Our Love Song” (featuring blues/rock guitar maestro Gary Clark Jr.) and “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate” (with Busta Rhymes, Rapsody, Cordae & Chika) are both based on musical elements Wonder had started composing years ago (the former song was started when Wonder was 18), but were completed this year with lyrics and messages inspired by Wonder’s take on the news of today.
Wonder indicated that both songs would be potentially included in an upcoming EP or full-length album. Proceeds from “Where Is Our Love Song” will be donated to the charity Feeding America.
Check out “Where Is Our Love Song” below:
And get the full report on Stevie’s press conference, in which he offers his thoughts on the nation’s political state, and the need for national racial atonement here: https://variety.com/2020/
At Good Black News, we love to highlight legendary musical stars that still remain vital recording acts. In addition to Wonder’s new songs, last month we crafted a playlist featuring 30 other under-the-radar recent recordings from classic stars ranging from Deniece Williams to Lenny Williams, the Force MDs to the O’Jays, Billy Ocean to Martha Wash, and a couple dozen others. Check out our article and playlist Surprise! We’re Still Making Great Music! right here:
And then, if hearing these two new Stevie songs gets you in the mood for deep dive into Wonder, here are the many playlist options that the GBN team developed for you earlier this year as part of our Stevie Wonder 70th birthday celebration:
Stevie Wonder’s Guest Harmonica Jams: https://goodblacknews.org/
“Songs in the Key of Life” – As Heard Via Cover Versions: https://goodblacknews.org/
Stevie Wonder Covers Other Artists: https://goodblacknews.org/
Stevie Wonder’s Movie Music: https://goodblacknews.org/
Stevie Wonder’s Deep Cuts: https://goodblacknews.org/
A Reggae Twist on Stevie Wonder: https://goodblacknews.org/
Revisiting “Talking Book” with Best Cover Versions: https://goodblacknews.org/
Desert Island Stevie Picks: https://goodblacknews.org/
Jazz Remakes of Innervisions: https://goodblacknews.org/
Original article source: https://goodblacknews.org/2020/10/15/stevie-wonder-releases-new-songs-and-donates-chunk-of-proceeds-to-feeding-america-listen/ | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council