Stevie Wonder has been performing wonderful holiday shows annually in Los Angeles for 18 years now to raise funds for the collection of toys for needy children in the Southland. These holiday performances are a great musical event for families to attend, and always include special guest celebrities and well-known local talent to flesh out the fun program.
For this year’s show at the Nokia Center in LA, however, Stevie decided to do something special and perform the entire song collection from his hit album, Songs in the Key of Life. Cited by Elton John as the greatest album of all time, this album includes well-known Stevie Wonder songs like “Isn’t She Lovely,” “I Wish,” and “Sir Duke.” I recommend listening frequently to this album – it’s addictive! “Village Ghetto Land” is one of my favorites, for how musically beautiful the song is, and how poignant the lyrics are.
The show began with Stevie Wonder coming onto the stage with his family to introduce the program, and his son and grandsons made a reappearance in some of his later performances. Special guests this year included John Mayer, Chick Corea, & Herbie Hancock among others. The show opened with five male singers performing the beautiful a cappella introduction of “Love’s in Need of Love Today.” Other highlights included the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Gospel Choir directed by Jason White, who also kicked off the show, singing their hearts outs on traditional gospel repertoire.
This was an overall wonderful performance and I highly recommend it as must-do family event every year!