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May 30, 2014
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Chris Martin gets surprise visit from Stevie Wonder
Leighton Levy, Star Writer


Stevie Wonder and Chris Martin. - Contributed

Chris Martin got a major boost to his burgeoning international career recently when no other than the legendary musical icon Stevie Wonder turned out for his performance in Los Angeles.

The 64-year-old iconic songwriter, producer and performer who has sold tens of millions of records, had more than 30 top-10 hits in the USA and won an astonishing 22 Grammy Awards, not only witnessed Martin's performance at the Savoy Entertainment Centre, he also stayed around in his luxury box afterwards and spoke with the Jamaican entertainer for the better part of a half-hour.

During their conversation they exchanged numbers and took pictures together.

'you did great'

"I loved your performance, you did great, you did great," the 1996 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner told an overwhelmed Martin, the singer of hits like Secret Love, Cheater's Prayer, Mama and Just Like You, a song dedicated to his father. A video for Just Like You will be out in time for Father's Day.

According to sources, the man who spawned such hits as Superstition, I Just Called to Say I Love You, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, and classic albums like Songs in the Key of Life, told Martin that he began listening to his music after he heard one of his songs on the World Charts radio show and was sufficiently impressed that he wanted to attend one of Martin's live performances.

When Martin arrived at the venue last Saturday night, he was surprised when the promoter told him that Wonder was there to see him perform. Martin was taken to the icon's luxury box where the two spoke briefly before Martin took the stage to perform.

electric performance

During the performance, Wonder, who was in 2009 awarded with the Gershwin Prize by President Barrack Obama, was seen bobbing his head as he soaked up Martin's electric performance. Wonder reportedly told Martin that his songs need to be heard more on American radio and would set about seeing that it happens.

Martin was understandably overjoyed. "Last Saturday night in LA was amazing!" Martin said on Twitter. "One of my all-time favourite performers, the legendary Stevie Wonder came out to witness my performance."

"It was an honour for the legendary Mr Stevie Wonder to tell me that he loved my song and that he only came out because he heard I would be there performing," Martin beamed. "After the performance he told me I did great and said "see I stayed until it's over, I came out for your performance."

Meantime, Martin is busy putting the final touches on his album Stepping Razor that is due to be released this summer.

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