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A Living legend
Music biz veteran Stevie Wonder makes a tour stop in metro area

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer Stevie Wonder has recorded more than 30 U.S. top 10 hits, has won 22 Grammy Awards - the most of any solo artist - and has been recognized for his achievements over his lifetime. But there are still projects the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer has yet to take on.

At 59, Wonder still has plans to produce a complete jazz album, possibly a children's recording and a musical.

"Most people want to do the works that I have done already," Wonder said, "but I have a few ideas that I'm thinking about. There's a children's story that I've had for a long time that I'm going to get someone to work with me on. It would be a great musical as well as a screenplay."

Before he gets started on those projects, Wonder has embarked on a tour that includes a stop in Alpharetta at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Wednesday.

"I enjoy performing live, it's fun," Wonder said, and he hopes to make a connection with his Georgia audience.

"I think with certain songs, the challenge is creating that feeling that people can receive it and know that's exactly how you felt at a particular point in time when you finished the song," he said.

Fans can expect such staples as "Superstition," "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours."

Amid his tour schedule, which currently includes performances in Kansas City and Milwaukee, Wonder is still working to produce his first full-gospel album, "The Gospel Inspired by Lula," which is dedicated to his late mother, Lula Mae Hardaway.

"She always wanted me to do something like this," Wonder said. "My goal is to make it really an incredible statement to what the album means, (including) a statement, really, throughout the world about the goodness of God."

Following the release of "The Gospel Inspired by Lula," Wonder plans to work on another project conception titled "Through the Eyes of Wonder," which he said will infuse music and visual elements. After that?

"Things that maybe I'll think of that have never been done before," Wonder said. "Being a music lover as I am, and I love the arts, I think it kind of falls into endless possibilities of what you can do."