John Legend is back!
The soulful crooner teased new music last week and this week wastes no time divulging details. Namely the title of his new single, which is christened ‘Love Me Now.’
The reveal came in the newest issue of Notion Magazine, which the 37-year-old covers.
Inside his interview feature, the Grammy winner muses on his past, present, and future. As such, discussed was his entry into the music industry, the various set-backs encountered, and of course his upcoming new music. Legend also spilled on fatherhood.
Dapper snaps and quotes after the jump…
ON MEETING KAYNE WEST
‘He was an up-and-coming producer that wanted to be a rapper but no-one yet believed him at that time and I was an up-and-coming singer and pianist who wanted to be a solo star also. We both believed in each other, helped each other, and obviously have both had pretty successful careers since then.’
ON TRYING TO SECURE A RECORD DEAL
‘I got turned down by every major record label who I met with – including Sony [Legend’s current record label] – and you know, I had to keep persisting despite the no’s and wait till I got to yes.’
ON BECOMING FAMOUS AT 26 [AS OPPOSED TO A YOUNGER AGE]
‘I think it was helpful for me to become famous when I was an adult already; I was twenty-six years old. I think it’s harder for people that become famous when they’re a lot younger because you never had to be an adult without being in this very unrealistic world. It is unrealistic if you don’t know what the real world is like and me having lived in the real world for a while was very helpful.’
ON BECOMING A FATHER
‘Well I think it shifts your priorities a bit, gives you a new perspective. You realise what’s important for you, for your family and for your career. It just takes over your life when you have a child… I spent a lot of time at home with her for the first three months and with my wife, you know, it just humbles you. I think everyone struggles with being a new parent, everyone’s trying to figure it out and I think it’s a humbling process.’
ON HIS UPCOMING FIFTH ALBUM
‘I don’t think it’s a dramatic change. I believe that it’s progression; continuing to push myself and trying to perfect my craft and, to me, that really is to write the best songs you can write, then try to record and produce them in the best way that you can. That’s what we focused on; trying to write great songs that told my story. It’s a bit more of a live band sound than previous albums, we used a live drummer more than we used to, so on a sonic side that’s one of the biggest differences, it gives it a more soulful feel I think.’
ON HIS AMBITIONS AS AN ARTIST
‘I think as an artist and as a producer and philanthropist, I’m just trying to put more beauty into the world, more love into the world in any way that I can.’
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