The 63-year-old funk soul brother confirmed rumours that he will release two albums next year and he is also working on a third in tribute to his late mother, Lula
The albums are entitled When the World Began and Ten Billion Hearts. Wonder is currently working on songs with musician and producer David Foster who has previously worked with Prince, Madonna and Neil Diamond.
Wonder, speaking at a press conference in LA yesterday, said that the albums have been inspired by hip-hop's political methods. "I listen a lot to rap, and I'm inspired to take it, to use it in another way, to get the message across.”
The albums were inspired by "my children, family, change, growth, heartbreaks" said Wonder who filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Kai Millard.
Earlier this year he said that he is planning to fulfil a promise to his late mother Lula Mae Hardaway, who died in 2006, by recording a gospel album in her memory.
"We're going to do some traditional gospel stuff, but I'm thinking about doing a gospel song in Arabic. I'm going to twist it all up in different ways, because I think everyone needs to hear the word of the gospel.
“The word of gospel really is love and it really is about people following the word, whether they read the Qur'an, the Torah or the Bible, whatever they read.”