Stevie Wonder will perform his entire “Songs in the Key of Life” album for the first time at his 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert in L.A. He made the announcement Monday at a press conference at Club Nokia.
Stevie Wonder makes an announcement about the format of his 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit:
“This year I plan to, and I’m doing for the first time ever in its entirety, the “Songs for the Key of Life” performance. We’re going to get some of the original musicians, some of the singers, as well as some of the newer contemporary musicians and singers of the day to be a part of this.”
The show will take place at the Nokia Theater on December 21st. Wonder was asked if the concert will be filmed for a DVD:
“There’s been talk about that. And the thing that’s going to make it very special is we’re going to have some visuals that I’ve always imagined doing, some dancers in a couple of the songs. So it’s going to be, really, the beginning of me doing that kind of thing with my performances, because I want people to really get how I see things, how I visualize it, and put it in a form that people can really see it and really get to it.”
“This is my celebration of song, life and love,” Wonder said about 1976’s “Songs in the Key of Life”. “What is amazing to me is how relevant this album is today. After all, 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.”
Stevie ended the event by performing “Sir Duke,” “As,” “Knocks Me Off My Feet” and “I Wish” from Songs in the Key of Life” in a trio format.
An excerpt of Stevie Wonder’s performance of “Sir Duke” at his press conference at Club Nokia L.A. Live on Monday: