It was an unbelievable honor to sing and perform with one of my childhood and all time musical heroes and inspirations Stevie Wonder for his 1988 MTV Special “A Character Gathering.” I performed with Stevie on “Superstitious” and he and I did a duet on my of my hits at the time “Some Kind of Lover.” The special also featured pioneering rappers Salt n Pepa, and legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn. Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!! My laugh at the end of this performance continues to reflect the joy I felt in that moment.
The one and only Marvin Gaye is gone but never forgotten. Though his life ended tragically this day 28 years ago, he left an incredible legacy of music and artistry for generations to come. I’m so happy to have grown up with this quality music and to be exposed and influenced by his fearlessness to grow and evolve throughout his career. His 73rd birthday would have been tomorrow. If you ever have a chance, ‘Divided Soul’ by David Ritz is a must read.