The piano music icon released Where Is Our Love Song and Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate on Tuesday with a label other than Motown Records – after nearly six decades under the legendary brand.
Instead, they were released under Wonder’s So What The Fuss Music – distributed by Universal Music Group Republic Records.
This marks a major milestone for the 70-year-old, who signed to Motown Records at the age of 11.
Wonder made the announcement at a virtual press conference, where he also added that it was the first time he had released two new songs on the same day.
The 25 Grammy Award winner said he started writing Where Is Our Love Song when he was 18.
“Then came this year,” he explained.
“With all the confusion and all the hatred and East against West, left against right. It’s just a tough breakup. ”
All proceeds from the song – which stars Grammy-winning guitarist Gary Clarke Jr. – will go to the US-based nonprofit Feeding America.
The group is a network of more than 200 food banks and aims to feed millions of Americans every year.
His second album, Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate, features popular rappers Busta Rhymes, Rapsody, Cordae and Chika.
He said this song was originally about a relationship – but then he changed the words after adapting it to the current state of the world.
Wonder said he wrote it “Thinking of where we [are] in the world and think about how this is the crucial moment.
“The change”, he says, “is now”.
“We cannot put it back in the hands of fate. No one has time to wait, ”he added. “We cannot put it back in the hands of fate, find a cure for this terrible virus.
“We have to get down on our knees and pray or whatever you do. ”
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Wonder suggested his new songs were a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement, denouncing the idea of “All Lives Matter” and the use of the slogan to undermine the anti-racism campaign.
“I want everyone to be well,” he continued. “I don’t care what color you are because I actually can’t see your color.
“You see the color, don’t act like you don’t see the color, you do.
“But I don’t see your visual color. But I can feel your soul. I can feel your spirit.
“I see the color of your mind and soul, and I see too many minds and souls that are not about the love we are meant to have and feel for each other. ”
Wonder said he plans to include the songs on an upcoming new EP – his first full project since 2005.
At the press conference, the singer also provided fans with an update on his health, saying he was “lucky to have a new kidney” last year in December.
He said: “Since being released from the hospital the nurses have made sure that I take my meds on time and I will do it as long as I need to even if it’s the rest of my life. life.
” I feel good. My voice is awesome.
“I feel like I’m in my 40s right now and I thank everyone for the prayers and the love. “