ManilaPianos rents to Stevie Wonder

Posted on January 17th, 2015

ManilaPianos rents to Stevie Wonder

Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque and ManilaPianos Inc. will have bragging rights when it flies in pop legend Stevie Wonder for a special performance on April 25 at the hotel’s newly built Theatre at the Solaire, a source with direct knowledge of the event confirmed to the Inquirer. ManilaPianos Inc. will do all Stevie’s piano work, including Midi Files and Yamaha C7.

The show is “by invitation only,” which means Solaire management will determine who gets the precious formal request to watch it. The 1,760-seater Theatre formally opened in November last year.

Wonder—whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Judkins and went blind shortly after birth—last performed in the country some 25 years ago at the Ultra (now PhilSports) football field in Pasig.

Wonder’s Solaire gig comes on the heels of an all-star “Grammy Salute” held in his honor, the highlight of which featured a scorching three-song set by Beyoncé (singing “Fingertips”), Ed Sheeran (“Master Blaster”) and Gary Clark Jr. (“Higher Ground”).

At age 64, Wonder can afford to just laze around and enjoy the fruits of his career, having sold more than 100 million albums and singles, but remains active as a performer. He will do four shows in the US before coming to Manila.

stevie wonder

stevie wonder

His prodigious output as a singer-songwriter has been extensively documented, with the years 1972-1976 regarded as a classic period that saw the release of the albums “Talking Book” (which contained “Superstition” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”); “Innervisions” (“Higher Ground,” “Living For the City,” “All in Love Is Fair,” “Golden Lady”); “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” (“You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” “Boogie On Reggae Woman”); and “Songs in the Key of Life” (“I Wish,” “Sir Duke,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” “As”).

Those four albums collectively won an astonishing 13 of Wonder’s overall haul of 25 Grammy Awards.

Yet critics have also pointed out that his creative streak went as far back as 1971 with the album “Where I’m Coming From” (including the single “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer”), followed by 1972’s “Music of My Mind” (“Superwoman…”), in which he further explored funk with the use of the synthesizer—that would later be on full display in the No. 1 hit “Superstition.”