John Legend‘s been in album promo mode all year.
Teasing it as his ‘sexiest yet’ (as we reported here), the EGOT winner’s not let the global health crisis slow down his support of the opus as he’s touched down on most major television and radio platforms in the past months to discuss the LP (which serves as his first since 2016’s ‘Darkness & Light’).
A month after revealing the Raphael Saadiq-produced project would hit shelves June 19, Legend’s taken to Instagram to unveil its official artwork and full track list.
As revealed above, the project – his sixth solo studio album – will house previously released singles ‘Bigger Love’ and ‘Actions’ as well as guest stars Jhené Aiko, Koffee, Rapsody, Camper, and Gary Clark Jr.
Taking to Instagram to trumpet its arrival, Legend said:
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.”