Stevie Wonder has two sons from his second marriage: Kailand and Mandla Morris.
Both sons have been stepping into the spotlight — Kailand thanks to his budding fashion career and Mandla, for his love of music.
Mandla, at the age of 10 expressed his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps, an expression his father didn’t turn down.
Stevie’s Influence and Guidance on Mandla’s Music Career
Stevie Wonder didn’t hesitate to let Mandla enroll in his first music competition when he was barely a teenager. Being the son of one of the greatest artists to ever perform, Mandla has been exposed to music at a tender age, learning the basics from his father.
However, he is determined to learn the craft, inside and out, and not just depend on his famous father.
“Music has always been there for me," he told Paper magazine in 2020. "Watching my dad play the piano at home, or seeing him on tour or in the studio. I've always had a love for it."
He continued, “I love listening to soul. I love listening to hip-hop, but in order to really know your music, you have to study not just what you like but different genres, as well.”
Stevie and Mandla Perform “Isn’t She Lovely” Together
In 2018, Mandla appeared on Dancing With the Stars: Junior, and his dad was his No. 1 fan. He even performed his hit song, “Isn’t She Lovely” — a song he wrote about his older daughter, Aisha Morris — while Mandla danced with his partner, Brightyn Brems.
While on the show, Mandla revealed why he doesn’t use his dad’s stage name “Wonder,” telling Access Hollywood that he wants people to see him for who he is, not just Stevie Wonder’s son.
Mandla Morris's Music Career on the Rise
Mandla is not a multi-instrumentalist like his father, but he is still a performer. Whatever he decides, he knows his dad will be cheering him on.
“He definitely gives me some advice, that it’s not going to be easy,” he told WWD of his father. “There’s a little bit of pressure, having a dad with such a big name; people are going to be like ‘Oh, now he’s creating music.’ It’ll be all eyes on me.”