Stevie Wonder To Perform Songs in the Key of Life In Its Entirety
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.29.2013
Billboard reports that Stevie Wonder will perform his album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety at his 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert. The event takes place on December 21 at the Nokia Theater LA Live.
During a press conference at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, he said: "This has been a fantasy of mine for a while. I wanted to do something that would thank everyone for supporting my career and also thank God for me being able to do the music I do. And listening to this album again, it is amazing to me how relevant it is today."
The performance will also include some of the original singers and musicians from the 1976 double-album, along with more modern singers and musicians. Wonder added that he is "reaching out and talking to a lot of people."
The album, which includes 21 songs, earned several Grammy awards including album of the year and producer of the year. It's one of the few albums to get Diamond status by the RIAA for sales of over ten million copies in the US.
He ended the press conference by performing "Sir Duke," "As" and "I Wish." He was joined by keyboardist Greg Phillinganes and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.
This is the seventh year that the Nokia Theater will host the charity concert. The House Full of Toys charity collects and distributes unwrapped toys and gifts for those in need. Tickets go on sale Friday at AXS.com.