The 68-year-old singer/songwriter was diagnosed with colon cancer in March, but his rep confirmed last month he has gotten the all-clear from his doctors after undergoing surgery.
Womack insists he still has “a long way to go” before he is fully recovered, but he’s eyeing live dates once he bounces back.
He tells the BBC, “They keep telling me one step at a time, one day at a time – but I am planning on going around the world and letting these people know what soul singing really was about, because I have the energy and the vocals to put it on. They deserve to know it, they don’t have to read it in a history book.”
Womack last hit the road for three months as a guest vocalist with British rockers Gorillaz in 2010, a trek he struggled to complete after falling severely ill.
“Everything died at one time,” he recalled. “I’ve never been so sick in my life and they say it started to happen on the Gorillaz tour. I didn’t want to tell them that I was having these seizures and I was losing my sight because I’d seen this was an opportunity… to sing with these guys and I really liked being around them. This was a break for me.”
*Stevie Wonder had to videotape his salute to Prince at the BET Awards Sunday night, because he was performing overseas at the Glastonbury music festival, where he dedicated his entire set to another pop culture icon, the late Michael Jackson.
In addition to performing hits from his long and successful career – including his classic “Living for the City” and his own take on the Beatles’ “We Can Work it Out” – Wonder delivered a touching harmonica version of the late King of Pop’s “Human Nature.” (Watch clips below.)
The 60-year-old invited Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis up onstage and sang his famous version of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate the festival’s 40th year.
“It was a high point on which to close an event which this year basked in glorious sunshine for four days, and Wonder’s musical prowess and interaction with the fans helped ease the pain of England’s loss to Germany at the soccer World Cup,” noted the Associated Press.
Earlier in the day tens of thousands of people crowded around giant screens erected for the big match, only to see their team crash out 4-1.
Around 150,000 people attended the annual festival in Pilton, England, which also included performances from Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz, Muse, Radiohead, Scissor Sisters and Shakira.
Below, Wonder performs harmonica version of MJ’s “Human Nature” at a Hyde Park event two days before Glastonbury.