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"Isn't She Lovely:" Stevie Wonder's Inspiration Behind the Song

Updated on March 6, 2018
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Stevie Wonder - 1970s
Stevie Wonder - 1970s | Source

The Inspiration Behind The Song

The year was 1975. Ecstatic over the birth of his first-born, a daughter, He was inspired to write a song: "Isn't She Lovely."

The "wonder" of this expression of thanksgiving was that he "saw" this miracle of life not with his eyes, but on a much deeper level . . . with his senses and his heart.

Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and activist who happens to be blind.

Born on May 13, 1950 as Stevland Hardaway Judkins, his name was later changed by his mother to Stevland Hardaway Morris when she left his father. Becoming blind shortly after birth, Stevland developed into a musical talent at an very early age.

Upon signing with Motown Records' Tamla label at the age of eleven, he was dubbed "Little Stevie Wonder" by record producer, Berry Gordy. Of course as Wonder became a young adult, he dropped the "Little" from his stage name and is forever known as Stevie Wonder.

Needless to say, "Isn't She Lovely" written and performed by Stevie Wonder continues to inspire millions even today . . .

"Life is Aisha ... The meaning of her name"

Aisha is a female name

with its roots in arabic

meaning life; new life; living

A Rare Glimpse of His Little Wonder

Stevie Wonder and daugther Aisha on the January 1977 cover of Ebony Magazine which was published by Johnson Publishing Company. Original Photo Credit: Billy Pierce Jr.
Stevie Wonder and daugther Aisha on the January 1977 cover of Ebony Magazine which was published by Johnson Publishing Company. Original Photo Credit: Billy Pierce Jr.

Listen To The Song: "Isn't She Lovely"

Don't Know The Lyrics? Here's Some Help ...

"Isn't She Lovely" | Lyrics.com

Written & Performed by Stevie Wonder

Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderful
Isn't she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we'd be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn't she lovely made from love

Go to Lyrics.com for the rest!

"Londie, it could have not been done ... Without you who conceived the one"

Londie is Aisha's mother,

Yolanda Simmons

Fast Forward 30+ years ... Isn't She Still Lovely?

While much is not broadly known about Aisha's growing up years, what we do know is that she developed into a musical talent.

More than 30 years after her birth, Aisha Morris sometimes performs back-up for her dad. In the videos below, father and daughter share the stage at an event and Aisha sings a solo ...

Aisha Morris ... A Classy Songstress In Her Own Right

Songs In The Key of Life - The Album That Launched "Isn't She Lovely"

Did you know? Stevie Wonder initally refused to allow "Isn't She Lovely" to be released as a "single" record, instead opting to include the song in the classic album "Songs In The Key of Life" which was released in 1976 by Motown Records.

It is said that this strategy actually sold more copies of the album.

Go here for more background on this album.

Source

Durng A 2015 Stevie Wonder Tribute ... What A "Lovely" Surprise!

"Indeed, Wonder was visibly moved when R&B singer Ne-Yo launched into "Isn't She Lovely" and was joined midway through the performance by Wonder's daughter, Aisha Morris ..." -- LA Times

To Learn More About the Man Behind The Music

Check out these resources ...

Want to Know More About Stevie Wonder? - Facts, Trivia & Other Tidbits

Did you know? As an activist, Wonder is noted for his work for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a holiday in the United States.

The following sites offer versions of Stevie Wonder's bio, including trivia and other little known facts . . .

Grammy Awards?

To date, Stevie Wonder has won

a total of 25 Grammy Awards.

© 2010 Dee Gallemore

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    • kabbalah lm profile image

      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      Stevie W is a great performer

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      5 years ago

      Stevie is a hero of mine. Circle of fifths jazz influenced progressions, pop, motown, R and B... one of the biggest influences in modern music. Living legend.. Songs in the Key of Life is one of the greatest albums ever made, right there with Revolver and any other album you can think of..

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      FamilyBeachVaca 

      5 years ago

      Okay, I'm having a 70's flashback but Stevie music covers the early 60's to the early 90's. As picky as I can be about music, I can't think of anything that I don't like. I especially like the two albums that he and his then wife Syreeta Wright wrote and produced - that was my flashback from the 70's

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      MiaMusement 

      5 years ago

      I was just thinking about Stevie Wonder the other day... wondering what he's up to lately. (I was listening to an India Arie song that mentions him.) This lens is such a lovely tribute. Thank you!

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I had the LP for this great collection of songs. At the time I did know that "Isn't She Lovely" was about his newborn daughter, but when I watched the video with her singing backup for her father, well I got all choked up. You have a great tribute lens here. Thank you for bringing back so many memories related to this great song.

      TonyB

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      ThatsYourPeople 

      6 years ago

      I listened to "Songs in the Key of Life" a few months ago after not hearing it for years. It's still one of the most brilliant albums ever recorded.

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      Ronald Tucker 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I can recall hearing "lLittle Stevie Wonder" singing his Motown hit "Finger Tips" as a 13 year old in 1963 and I have been a huge fan of his Genius every since.

      As an artist and activist, Stevland Morris has a legacy that will remain viable for decades. A very gifted songwriter, entertainer, father , brother, and visionary.

      Aisha Morris is the reason for "Isn't She Lovely" and a very attractive talented artist in her own right that goes to show that sometimes musical talent can be genectically transferred.

      Excellent lens with wonderful links! ...Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      "Isn't She Lovely", what a wonderful story and it makes this special song even more special! What a wonderful gift he has and how sweet it was inherited by Aisha.

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 

      7 years ago

      Great lens - what a heart touching story thanks for sharing i love 'Isn't She Lovely' hopefully going to dance to this at my wedding this year! Thanks for telling me the meaning makes it even more special!

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      missbat 

      7 years ago

      I never knew the story behind this song. What a tribute to his daughter!

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love this song and it's a wonderful tribute to his daughter. I enjoy Stevie's music. I saw him recently on TV singing at the White House when Paul McCartney was being honored for the Gershwin Prize. :)

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      Lou165 

      7 years ago from Australia

      A beautiful song, but then aren't all of Stevie Wonder's songs? Great lens and interesting to know that he's passed his talent on to his daughter.

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      WellnessWiseGuy 

      7 years ago

      I remember back in the 70's and 80's, many expectant parents decided to name their newborn girls "Aisha" because of this song. Thanks for this. I always wondered what happened to "Aisha"."

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