Stevie Wonder plans to go big next year by releasing not one but two albums, and in the meantime the legendary musician is gearing up to perform his 1976 record "Songs in the Key of Life" for the first time in its entirety at his annual Los Angeles charity concert in December.
Wonder, 63, who filed for divorce last year, said he was inspired by "children, family, change, growth, and heartbreak" to produce his first new records in eight years.
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The albums — "When the World Began," which is a collaboration with producer David Foster, and "Ten Billion Hearts" — also showcase some hip-hop and gospel influences.
"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," Wonder told The Associated Press
. "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."
Wonder announced Tuesday that he'll be performing the entire "Songs in the Key of Life" album at his 18th annual House Full of Toys charity concert at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on December 21.
"This is my celebration of song, life, and love," he told reporters Tuesday
at a news conference. "What is amazing to me is how relevant this album is today. After all, I could never write all the songs in the key of life; but there will be others who will carry on the message of song, love, and life."
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