Stevie Wonder Leaves Motown after 59 years, signs with Republic, releases two new songs…..
Written by beachcityradio on October 14, 2020
Iconic music superstar Stevie Wonder announced that he has left Motown and signed with Republic Records. This is a move that comes as quite a jolt given that Stevie has been signed to Motown since he was 11 years old. He is one of the first names that come to mind when one mentions Motown Records – the venerable symbol of music majesty in the world.
The musical genius marked the monumental announcement by releasing two new songs. He noted that one of the songs he began to write when he was 18 – more than 50 years ago. “Where Is Our Love Song” . Certainly things have changed and transformed since the late 60’s but then again, we are seeing that things also stay the same. And so in classic Stevie style, the song connects the social justice dots from what was happening then with what is happening now. “Where Is Our Love Song,” features the four-time Grammy winner Gary Clark, Jr. on guitar.
“It is a song that really I started working on when I was 18, not even knowing what the song was going to be about, but I had the melody. Then this year came all the confusion and all the hate and all the east versus west, left versus right,” he said during a virtual press conference. “It’s just a heartbreak. And those who say ‘This is what God has said… this is my religion,’ it’s just a lot of confusion… I’m watching all this and say, ‘Hold up, how can you be talking about God and there be hate in your spirit?’”
It goes without saying that Stevie’s music has always been about love and peace, but certainly the 25 time Grammy winner is also known for his social justice artivism and activism. He is without a doubt, a social justice icon. In the second song “Can’t Put It in the Hands of Fate,” Stevie lets us know, singing, “You say you’re sick and tired of us protesting, I say not had enough to make a change…You say you believe that ‘all lives matter,’ I say I don’t believe the f — you do.”
The track is a crazy funky and classic go-go beat and features rappers Busta Rhymes, Rapsody, Cordae and ChikaThe funk track features hiphop legend Busta Rhymes, along with rappers Rapsody, Cordae and Chika.
Leaving Motown is monumental – yes, he signed there at 11 – and his new deal with Republic Records is also monumental as he released the first new music in four years and launched his own imprint: So What The Fuss Music.
“Even though I have left Motown, I never leave Motown. That’s Detroit,” he said during the press conference. “So I’m sure that we can figure out how we can do some things at Motown. Maybe I’ll do my ‘Gospel Inspired by Lula’ with Motown. We’ll work it out.”
For those of us asking about his health especially after undergoing a kidney transplant last year, the 70-year-old said he’s feeling “alive and well,”
“Since I have been released from the hospital, the nurses have made sure I’ve taken my medicine on time and I’m going to do it for as long as I have to, even if it is the rest of my life. I feel great. My voice feels great,” he said during the press conference. “I feel like I’m about 40 right now and I just thank everyone for the prayers and the love.”
Stevie Wonder…. new label, new music, new lease on life….. We honor this cultural icon…..