Stevie Wonder
The poster promoting Stevie Wonder's "Song Party" tour, a summer concert series that concluded Sept. 1 (Courtesy of Wonder Productions, Inc.)

After nearly 60 years of being in the limelight among his iconic Motown family that included The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and many others, legendary singer/musician Stevie Wonder has moved on to his own label.

Wonder, 70, who had been with Motown Records since age 11, announced his parting with the history-making label founded by Berry Gordy at a press conference Tuesday to debut his What the Fuss Records, for which he has already released two songs, The Grio reported.

Wonder’s label will operate under Republic Records/Universal Music Group.

“I had a great conversation with Monte Lipman, the [Republic] president, and I spoke with India.Arie, who had signed with Republic,” said Wonder, adding that he underwent kidney transplant surgery late last year and that he currently feels “great,” The Grio reported.

“Even though I have left Motown, I never leave Motown,” Wonder said. “That’s Detroit. So, I’m sure that we can figure out how we can do some things at Motown.”

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