STORY OF SONG
“Isn’t She Lovely” is the eleventh track from iconic American soul musician Stevie Wonder’s 1976 album: “Songs In the Key of Life”. Wonder was known as a musical child prodigy since the age of eleven he was signed to Tamla Records (now known as Motown Records) despite being blind due to being born six weeks premature and being in an oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, which resulted in retinopathy of prematurity, a condition where the growth of the eyes is aborted and the retinas detach.
Stevie Wonder (real name Stevland Hardaway Morris) wrote the lyrics to celebrate the birth of his daughter Aisha Morris, who he had with his first partner Yolanda Simmons. Wonder starts the track with a recording from his daughters’ actual childbirth, as well as recordings of Wonder bathing Aisha as an older toddler, which is brought into the final section of the song. All instruments heard in the song are played by Wonder besides some of the keyboard parts, who were played by Greg Philinganes.
There is no music video for the song, but the official audio video on Stevie Wonder’s YouTube channel has over 1.8 million views since its upload in August 2018. A lyric video of the track by a YouTube user named “Jan Biester” in June 2009 has over 47.2 million views.
Release Date: 28th September 1976
Songwriter: Stevie Wonder
Producer: Stevie Wonder
Label: Motown Records (at the time, Wonder was signed to the company when it was called “Tamla”)
Chart Rankings: “Isn’t She Lovely” did not do well in terms of chart rankings when it was first released in 1976, only ranking at #94 in the UK and #23 in the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. However, over time it became one of Wonder’s most loved songs, with over 66.7 million streams on Spotify to date.
The lyrics to “Isn’t She Lovely” can be viewed here: LINK