Saturday, June 15, 2024

Exclusive: Stevie Wonder Plans Two New Albums


The amazing Stevie Wonder, 61 years young and kicking it at the Apollo last night, told me he wants to do new albums. This may come as a bit of news to the folks from his record company. Last night, Universal Music’s Barry Weiss, Steve Bartels, and Motown Records general manager Pat Monaco all came to see Stevie, and got a few minutes with him backstage. It’s been six long years since Stevie’s last album, “A Time 2 Love,” and everyone–fans, Universal Motown–wants a new one. So what will it be? Stevie told me he has two projects in mind–a gospel album, and a remixed collection of his unreleased material. “I want to call it ‘I Remember Me,'” Wonder told me. Meanwhile, you might be interested to know what Stevie likes to talk about when he’s relaxing: peace, love, and understanding. On stage at the Apollo, he spoke eloquently about universal health care, accessibility for the disabled, as well as his nostalgia for the Apollo. “There’s no reason why this country can’t be the most accessible in the world. I do believe in health care.” He talked about a friend who he met in school, who’s blind and now can’t afford care. “Don’t get fooled by stupidity,” Stevie said.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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