Stevie Wonder is healthy again -- and has dropped new music for the first time since his 2019 health crisis.
After 57 years on Motown, Stevie has left the label -- and released a pair of new tunes under a new banner.
Yesterday, he launched So What’s the Fuss Music, a partnership with Republic Records -- whose artists include A-listers such as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Post Malone. Clearly, Stevie likes being under the same roof with these hot contemporary names. In a Zoom conference with reporters, he explained, "Just based on where I was and what they're doing, I thought it would be a good fit... Even if I’ve left Motown, I never leave Motown... That’s Detroit."
The rhythmic ballad "Where Is Our Love Song," a collaboration with Gary Clark Junior, is built on a melody Stevie worked on in the late 1960s. But he says in this turbulent time, "came all the confusion and all the hate and all the east versus west, left versus right. It’s just a heartbreak... This year, I wrote the lyric" -- with references to "urban blood stained streets," "war-torn countries" and "a prayer for peace." Proceeds from "Where Is Our Love Song" will go to the charity Feeding America.