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“I got a call from a friend that works with Stevie Wonder,” says local percussionist Steve Haney. “He mentioned that he had an opportunity for me to record with Stevie. Stevie had an idea to present a new tune called ‘Fear Can’t Put Dreams to Sleep’ at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, where he would volunteer his time to perform.”

Shortly before the late-August event, Haney was invited to record the song at Wonderland, Wonder’s L.A. studio.

“I dropped everything I was doing,” says Haney. “Stevie’s idea was to present a multicultural drum ensemble groove. We recorded as a six-piece drum group with Stevie in the recording console room on keys and vocals.” Haney played tambourine, snare, and “more cowbell” on the track.

“Next thing I know, a few days later, I was on my way to Denver to perform live in front of 84,000 people [at the Democratic Convention].… We were essentially the opening band for Al Gore, who presented a speech after Stevie’s songs.” Other performers included John Legend, Sheryl Crow, and Michael McDonald.

Steve Haney appears every Thursday with the house band at downtown’s Anthology jazz club.

– Jay Allen Sanford

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Jay Allen Sanford Oct. 1, 2008 @ 9:09 p.m.

After the DemCon performance, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called Wonder’s set “a personal highlight for me.”

The gig can be viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvvTO9...

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Warhol Oct. 2, 2008 @ 10:27 a.m.

It was an amazing performance! Nice to hear that a local musician was there to represent San Diego at this historic event. Great job!!! =)

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funkybt Oct. 2, 2008 @ 2:03 p.m.

What a great gig. Couldn't have been handed to a better guy.Nice work Steve!

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simple Oct. 2, 2008 @ 11:20 p.m.

Great to see a local musican share the stage with the amazing Stevie Wonder. Congratulations...

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