Christmas is coming four days early for Stevie Wonder fans. Last week, the musician announced that he will perform his landmark double LP, Songs in the Key of Life, at his 18th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert on Dec. 21 at the Nokia Theater.
Released in 1976, Songs in the Key of Life was the #2 bestselling album of 1977, but songs like “Village Ghettoland” and “Have a Talk With God,” which addressed urban city life and spirituality, made it more than a chart-topper. The most influential album of Wonder’s career, its power has only grown over the decades with artists as diverse as Mariah Carey, India Arie, and Mary J. Blige citing it as an inspiration. Coolio’s biggest hit, 1995’s “Gangster’s Paradise,” was built around a sample from the album’s “Pastime Paradise.”
Now, something that fans have long dreamed of will finally take place: Wonder will perform the entire album—all 17 tracks—with help from a few special guests. That includes some of the musicians and singers who played on the original recording.
What was the inspiration for his decision? Wonder was quoted as saying, “I could never write all the songs in the key of life; but there will be others who will carry on the message of song, love, and life.”
Every year, Wonder shows his love by hosting a concert that collects and distributes toys for families in need while benefitting the Junior Blind of America, West Angeles Church of God and Christ, and other charities including foster care organizations, hospitals, and agencies to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
To celebrate, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the concert.
Enter here before Dec. 12 at midnight.
WHERE: Nokia Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., downtown L.A.