Reverse dawah? via Stevie Wonder Working on New Albums | Music News | Rolling Stone.
Stevie Wonder was on hand Saturday night at opening night of the new Hollywood Bowl season to induct his friend John Legend into the venue’s Hall of Fame. It was a lively night: the Aerosmith songwriting team of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, as well as Patti Austin, were also inducted. Wonder performed “Ordinary People” with Legend, but his main duties were as presenter.
However, Wonder says he would be open to coming back to the venue next year as a headliner to support When the World Began, a new album that has him teaming with producer David Foster and a symphony orchestra. The album, he says, will feature both new songs and remakes of some of his classics, such as “Isn’t She Lovely.”
Between sharing the stage with Legend and taking in Tyler and Perry’s performance from backstage, Wonder spoke with Rolling Stone about the three new projects he’s working on (including paying tribute to his mother with a gospel album), why he came out to support Legend and his continued advocacy for gun control, which he addressed with us in December.
[SW] We’re going to do some traditional gospel stuff, but I’m thinking about doing a gospel song in Arabic. I’m going to twist it all up in different ways, because I think everyone needs to hear the word of the gospel. The word of gospel really is love and it really is about people following the word, whether they read the Quran, the Torah or the Bible, whatever they read. At the end of the day, whatever you read, you know the god you believe in talking about people loving one another. It’s talking about we don’t need millions of handguns to make an understanding clear. It’s not about the religion – it’s about the relationship that you have with the one you serve and you worship.
Falsehoods aside, good luck with that.
Clever title in The Japan Times, Wonder: ‘I Just Called to Say Insh’Allah’?