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John Legend dedicates ‘Bigger Love’ to Chrissy Teigen, black music’s rich tradition

John Legend

John Legend

John Legend, 41, will drop his sixth studio album “Bigger Love” via Columbia Records on June 19, 2020. On June 14, 2020, he took to Instagram to talk about the upcoming album, which was written and produced before the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

According to Legend, “Bigger Love” is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope and resilience and an important showcase of what makes black culture so influential and empowering. The “All of Me” singer dedicates the album to his wife Chrissy Teigen, 34, his family and the rich tradition of black music that has made him the artist he is.

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I’m so excited to introduce my new album #BiggerLove to the world. Here’s the album cover painted by brilliant artist @charlylpalmer. Swipe for the track list, including my amazing featured guests. This project has been a labor of love for me, something I’ve spent over a year conceiving and creating. I poured my heart and soul into these songs and collaborated with some incredibly gifted co-writers, producers and musicians. The songs are inspired by the loves of my life: my wife, my family and the rich tradition of black music that has made me the artist I am. All of these songs were created prior to the world being rocked by a pandemic, prior to the latest police killings in the U.S. that sent so many to the streets in protest. During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic. Lately, the images of black people in the media have been showing us with knees on our necks, in mourning, or expressing our collective outrage. We feel all those emotions. But It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential. I’m under no illusion that music can save the world or solve the world’s problems, but I’ve always turned to music to help me through tough times and I know many of you have done the same. That’s why I couldn’t wait to release this album to the world. I debuted in 2004 with an album called Get Lifted. And now, as we enter the summer of 2020, I hope this new album can get you lifted again, fill your hearts with love and inspiration, give you something to dance to, something to hold hands to, something to make love to. A week from today, on June 19, I invite you to experience a #BiggerLove.

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“Bigger Love” features 16 soulful, R&B-laden and pop-influenced tracks. It includes guest spots and collaborations with Gary Clark Jr., Jhene Aiko, Koffee, Rapsody and Camper.

Raphael Saadiq executive produced the album. He is the award-winning neo-soul artist who co-produced two of the most critically acclaimed albums of the last two decades namely “A Seat At The Table” by Solange and “Voodoo” by D’Angelo.

 

“U Move, I Move,” the focus single of “Bigger Love,” is a duet featuring Jhene Aiko. With its velvety harmonies, lush arrangements and an inescapable chorus, the R&B slow jam embraces the emotional range and vulnerability of both artists, taking listeners to a place of romantic high with just the right amount of warmth.

Teigen herself is a big fan of “U Move, I Move.” On May 25, 2020, she took to Twitter to tell her fans how much she loved the song.

 

Born on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio, United States, Legend married Teigen in Como, Italy on September 14, 2013. His 2013 song “All of Me” was written for her.

In 2004, Legend released his debut studio album “Get Lifted.” He released “Once Again” in 2006, “Evolver” in 2008, “Love in the Future” in 2013 and “Darkness and Light” in 2016.

For more information about “Bigger Love,” please visit: http://www.johnlegend.com. Meanwhile, Legend and his family will have a Father’s Day special on ABC on June 21, 2020.

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