Golden Globes: How Ryan Tedder tapped Stevie Wonder’s DNA for the uplifting ‘Faith’

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Sevie Wonder isn’t in the habit of making songs for movies — but when he gets around to it, the song makes an impact.

In 1985 he won an Academy Award for “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” from the Gene Wilder comedy “The Woman in Red.” In 1991 his soundtrack for Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” topped Billboard’s R&B chart and led to several Grammy nominations.

Now, a quarter-century after his last Hollywood moment, Wonder is up for original song at Sunday’s Golden Globes with “Faith,” his and Ariana Grande’s duet from the animated film “Sing.”

A zippy, Motown-style dance tune, “Faith” is as emotionally direct as “I Just Called” and as rhythmically nimble as “Jungle Fever.” Unlike the earlier songs, though, it wasn’t Wonder’s sole creation; “Faith” was co-written and produced by Ryan Tedder, the OneRepublic frontman who’s also known for his work with A-list pop stars like Beyoncé (“XO”), Adele (“Rumour Has It”) and Taylor Swift (“Welcome to New York”).
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