Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wonder will be just the second person to receive the honor after Paul Simon. In addition, Wonder was commissioned by the Library of Congress to create a new work in honor of the Gershwin Prize, named for American composers George and Ira Gershwin. Wonder performed the piece Sunday (February 23rd) in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium.
In the meantime Wonder is scheduled to begin recording a CD of duets with Tony Bennett that will be produced by Quincy Jones. In mid 2008, though, Wonder was still considering the project, as he told us: "I'm the last one to hear about it and the first one to agree. Definitely, Tony and I talked about doing some stuff together. And Quincy and I have always wanted to work together on a project. So if this is something that Quincy is doing and Tony and everyone has decided to kind of go in that direction. Obviously I'm a great fan of Tony Bennett and I've been since a little kid, you know, so I'm excited to be a part of it."
Wonder has also talked about releasing an album of new material dedicated to his late mother, Lula Mae Hardaway.
By: Janine Coveney
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