Stevie Wonder has a special present planned for Detroit's 300th birthday.
The legendary Motown singer will headline the city's free Celebrity Homecoming Concert, set for July 21 in downtown Detroit, one of several events Detroit 300 organizers have scheduled in July to celebrate the Motor City's tricentennial.
Wonder - who was born in Saginaw, Mich., in 1950, but whose family moved to Detroit when he was 7 years old - has long been associated with the city's music scene. He began recording for Motown Records as a preteen in the early '60s, scoring a No. 1 single in 1962 with "Fingertips Pt. 2."
During his more-than-40-year career, Wonder has cut more than 30 albums for Motown, including such classics as Innervisions, Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life, and Hotter Than July.
Wonder's free concert at Hart Plaza on July 21 will highlight the three-day Sounds of Detroit concert series that kicks off on July 20. Touched by an Angel TV star Della Reese will get everything started with a performance in Jazz Detroit: Swing, Bop & Beyond, a musical revue that will chart the history and influence of the city's jazz scene.
Other artists and performers will be added to the bill for Wonder's show in the next month, according to publicists for Detroit 300. More than a million people are expected to turn out for the weekend Sounds of Detroit shows, which conclude on July 22 with a concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and an accompanying 800-person choir.