Wonder left Motown in 1971 and recorded two albums which he used as a bargaining tool while negotiating with Motown. Eventually, the label agreed to his demands for full creative control and the rights to his own songs. The two albums, Where I'm Coming From and Music of My Mind, are classics of the era. This is especially true of Music of My Mind, which was more than the typical collection of singles and was an actual LP, full-length artistic statement. Talking Book and Innervisions continued Wonder's critical and popular acclaim, addressing more and more political issues as his music progressed. This continued on Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974) and his magnum opus, Songs in the Key of Life.
Wonder's next album was a soundtrack for the film, Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants. The album was panned at the time of its release but has come to be regarded as a classic album. Hotter Than July (1980) become Wonder's first platinum selling album and was a sucessful vehicle for his campaign to establish Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday. The record also included "Master Blaster (Jammin')", his tribute to Bob Marley. Since 1980, Wonder has continued to release singles and albums, however, he has not sustained the level of critical acclaim and mass popularity he once had. Wonder received Kennedy Center Honors in 1999.
Wonder's first new album in 10 years, "A Time 2 Love" is scheduled to be released on July 27th, 2004.
His track Superstition is one of the most distinctive examples of the sound of the Clavinet.
Recepient of 22 Grammy awards.