With a Child's Heart

"With a Child's Heart" is a song by the singer Stevie Wonder, from his album Up-Tight. The song was released as the b-side to the single "Nothing's Too Good for My Baby".

Stevie Wonder version

Stevie's original version of With a Child's Heart was released in 1966, as the "B" side to his hit, "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby". Both songs were taken from his successful album, Up-Tight. Although this version completely missed the Billboard Hot 100, it was a huge R&B hit, reaching the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B Chart, peaking at number 8.[1]

Michael Jackson version

"With a Child's Heart"
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Music & Me
B-side "Morning Glow"
Released May 5, 1973
Format 7" single, 12" single
Length 3:34
Label Motown
Writer(s) Sylvia Moy
Henry Cosby
Vicki Basemore
Producer(s) Freddie Perren
Fonce Mizell
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"With a Child's Heart"
"With a Child's Heart"
Single by Raven-Symoné
from the album Undeniable
Released February 20, 1999
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Length 3:53
Label Crash Records
Writer(s) Ray Blaze, Jerome Jefferson[2]
Raven-Symoné singles chronology
"Raven Is the Flavor"
"With a Child's Heart"
"Grazing in the Grass"

The song was later covered by singer Michael Jackson and released as the first single from his 1973 album Music & Me. The song peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, number 14 on the US R&B chart, and number 23 on the US adult contemporary chart. Nearly all disc pressings of the Michael Jackson single had a track called "Morning Glow", the ninth track on the album originally written by composer Stephen Schwartz. In a 2003 interview with Martin Bashir, Jackson admitted that he no longer remembered having recorded the song, and could not recall any of the lyrics.[3]


Chart (1973) Peak
Turkey Top 20 Chart 13
US Billboard Hot 100 50
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 14

Raven-Symoné version

"With a Child's Heart" was later covered by American singer Raven-Symoné, taken from her second studio album, Undeniable. It was released as a single in 1999. Raven toured the United States going to various schools and malls to promote the single, and even went on a tour with *NSYNC. Her version appeared in the reissue version of the Music of the Heart soundtrack.

Three music videos were made for the song: the first one used the original "uptempo version", the second used the "ballad version", and the third used a remix. Despite the music videos and heavy promotion, the single never took off and failed to dent the charts.

CD single

  1. "With a Child's Heart" (Uptempo version) – 3:53
  2. "With a Child's Heart" (Ballad version) – 5:34
  3. "With a Child's Heart" (Bonus Remix Uptempo version) – 3:38
  4. "With a Child's Heart" (International Bonus House Mix) – 4:21


  1. Betts, Graham (2014). Motown Encyclopedia. AC Publishing. p. 757. ISBN 9781311441546.
  2. "Outtake #1 from "Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland"". YouTube. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
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