Soul legend Stevie Wonder is to dedicate his new album to his late mother, who inspired the singer/songwriter to go back out on the road.
Wonder opened his first tour in more than a decade in San Diego, California last month (Aug07), telling fans his mother, who died last year (06), urged him to play live again.
The soul man explained his mum, Lula Mae Hardaway, told him to "give someone some joy" before she died - and that inspired him to plan a tour and play his most uplifting hits.
And that tour has now inspired Wonder to pay tribute to his late mum on record.
Wonder, who performed a hometown concert in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday night (12Sep07) says, "I've been working on it (new album) in my mind and in my hotel room.
"I have my little set-up and, with technology being what it is today, I'm able to work on putting it together."
He hopes to release The Gospel Inspired by Lula on what would have been his late mother's 77th birthday (11Jan08).
As well as new tracks, Wonder also hopes to record covers of some of his mum's favourite songs for the album.