LOS ANGELES – Icon and superstar Stevie Wonder returned to Microsoft Theater tonight for his sold-out 24th House Full of Toys Benefit Concert.
“Today, more than ever throughout the world, we are challenged with many issues, social, political, economic, and spiritual, but that must not stop our opportunity to give and share in the spirit and reason for the season. I am as always overjoyed to again present this celebration of House Full of Toys,” said Stevie.
This writer has had the joy of attending this concert nearly every year for over two decades. Once again Stevie demonstrated why in my opinion, he’s the greatest musical artist in history.
His performance of his timeless classics had a sold-out crowd on their feet the entire night.
What made this concert different and special than past concerts I have attended was performances by Stevie’s daughters Zaiah and Nyah. The talent they both displayed in singing and dancing while on stage with their father was moving and memorable.
Guests included John Paul McGee Trio with Amber Bullock, Jody Watley, Gregory Porter, Teddy & Tina Campbell, Trombone Shorty, and Kimberly Brewer.
Watley rocked the stage in a beautiful sequin dress, performing her classic blockbuster hit, “Real Love,” and critically acclaimed new jazzy holiday single, “Christmas Time Is Here.“
“When Stevie Wonder, the most celebrated music icon of all time calls, you answer,” said Watley. “He is a wonderful and true humanitarian. I am truly honored to be a part of his House Full of Toys concert.”
Guests also enjoyed two special performances by Stevie’s daughters Zaiah and Nyah.
Stevie closed out the show performing “Superstition,” which encompassed the Christmas spirit featuring the entire cast and all his children on stage.
House Full of Toys benefits, children, people with disabilities, and families in need.
Concertgoers were asked to bring an unwrapped toy or unwrapped gift of joy. Their charitable gift was 100% tax deductible since no goods or services were provided in consideration of their gift. Wonder’s We Are You Foundation, is a nonprofit IRC501(c)(3) organization.
Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, having received numerous awards and honors including 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. His humanitarian efforts are world known. He is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and is a Commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is a designated United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on persons with disabilities.
Photo credits: Lester Cohen for Wonder Productions Inc.