Stevie Wonder Prepping Two New Albums

Music legend to release LPs in 2014.

Posted: 10/30/2013 11:14 AM EDT
Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder has a busy year ahead of him. The multiple Grammy winner is gearing up to release two albums in 2014, he said in an interview Tuesday (Oct. 29).

Wonder, 63, will drop When the World Began and Ten Billion Hearts, the first of which is a collaboration with acclaimed songwriter/producer David Foster. The project will feature remixed versions of Wonder's biggest hits, according to Rolling Stone.  

The music legend, who filed for divorce from wife Karen Millard-Morin last year, noted "children, family, change, growth" and "heartbreak" as inspiration for the new material, alongside hip hop. "I listen to a lot of rap and I’m inspired to take it, to use it another way to get the message across," Wonder explained. 

There’s also a gospel project in the works, in honor of his late mother Lula, who died in 2006. "I might sing a gospel song in Arabic or do something in Hebrew. I want to mix it up and do it differently than one might imagine," he said. "Obviously the good word at the end of the day, it's not about the religion, it's about the relationship. And I think we all need to check our relationship."

Wonder's last studio album was 2005’s A Time to Love.    

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