Some artists find fame for reasons other than their art form. Their family legacy for example. Such is the case of Mumtaz Morris, who is more popularly known for being music prodigy Stevie Wonder’s son. He is in fact a very talented musician who is into R&B, Soul, and Pop.
The ‘The Gift and The Curse’ singer’s name has Arabic origins means ‘excellence’. Morris musician was born on October 14, 1983.
Below are some interesting facts about Mumtaz Morris’s you’ve got to know:
Growing up he had no interest in music and just wanted to play football and basketball. He explains that he wasn’t very good at singing and had no ear for pitch when his mother would make him sing. He attended a college in Virginia where he studied entrepreneurship and business.
Although he played music in college and had friends who encouraged him to pursue the art form, he tried to keep himself away from it. Mainly because his dad is a musical legend and he was adamant about making his own career path.
Even his dad Stevie would try to steer him away from the profession knowing that the ruthlessness of the business and his legacy would tear Morris apart.
But all that changed when he wrote the song ‘Relapse’ and played it to him hesitantly. Stevie liked it and encouraged him to sing the song himself instead of selling it away to other artists.
Since then he has been a constant source of feedback and support for Morris’s music but he is always careful not to get too involved.
Unlike his father, Mumtaz has had a stable marital relationship. He has been married to his wife, Candice Morris for 11 years. They have six children together, of which, two are sons and the other four are daughters.
The happy family of eight currently reside in their Los Angeles abode. The family prioritizes spending quality time together and are seen enjoying vacations at various exotic locations around the world.
One of the most talented artists of the 20th century, Steveland Hardaway Morris aka Stevie Wonder has had a colorful personal and dating life.
The artist, who is also blind by birth, has sold more than 100 million records and won 22 Grammy Awards. Wonder is a celebrated artist, in fact, one of the top 60 best-selling and has a long career of 54 years to date.
As of 2021, he has an estimated net worth of a staggering $110 million. The musician has been married three times and has nine children from five different women. Mumtaz’s parents were never married and his mother’s name is Melody McCulley.
Mumtaz’s mother Melody McCulley sang for his dad Stevie Wonder for several years. In fact, it is through music that they got introduced and bonded.
For Morris, both parents have been extremely influential in terms of his music career. As a kid, he remembers his mother trying to get him to sing and amazed at how his voice suddenly started sounding nice over the years.
As for his father, Mumtaz constantly thinks of Stevie’s creative process, especially when on the piano or writing songs. Although his father is a tough critic, he taught Morris about the importance of having a great work ethic.
His father told him that the craft of music requires regular and sustained practice, a motto Stevie himself stands by even to this day.
All of his eight siblings are half-brothers and half-sisters considering that he is Stevie’s only child with Melody McCulley. The names of his siblings are Aisha, Keita, Sophia, Kwame, Kailand, Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland, Nia.
The name of the musical genius’s first child with current wife Tomeeka Bracy is still undisclosed.
Aisha is a celebrated singer and has appeared with her father on stage numerous times. Kailand, on the other hand, plays drums on stage and has walked the ramp as a fashion model for various renowned brands.
Mandla, who was born on Stevie’s 55th birthday is an aspiring fashion designer and appeared in the reality show, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in 2018.
Morris spent the majority of his childhood with his mother who lived on an income just enough to give him a decent life. But the days that he spent with his dad were quite memorable to him.
There were a lot of things that amazed his young innocent spirit, daddy’s big abundant house with lots of things for example.
On one of his birthday’s Stevie took Mumtaz to an amusement park where he remembered having the best time because he didn’t have to wait in lines to ride the rides and could do it as many times as they wanted.
So from a very young age, Mumtaz has understood the perks, the responsibilities, and the baggage that comes with being recognized as a celebrity child.
Mumtaz has made a good name for himself in the music industry. He has a current estimated net worth of $800,000. The R&B singer also owns a lovely house in Los Angeles, California.
For more recent information on the musician, follow Mumtaz on his Twitter handle:@MorrisMumtaz