Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Judkins; born May 13, 1950), known as Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music during the second half of the 20th century, Wonder is among the top ranks of successful songwriters and musicians. A virtual one-man band, his use of synthesizers and electronic musical instruments during the 1970s reshaped the conventions of R&B. He also helped drive the genre into the album era, crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent, socially conscious statements with complex compositions. Wonder, often hailed as a genius, has been credited as a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres, including rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk and jazz.