Sensuality, joy and celebration mark self-titled Legend
Multiplatinum artist and EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner John Legend announces his highly anticipated eighth studio album, Legend, via Republic Records. The double album features guests Saweetie, Rick Ross, Muni Long, Jazmine Sullivan, Rapsody, Ledisi, Jhene Aiko, Ty Dolla $ign and more. Executive produced by Legend and Ryan Tedder, this vibrant project is suffused with an unapologetic spirit of sensuality and joy, informed by the vulnerability of pain, praise and healing.
"Legend is a double album that began its journey in early 2021. We were spending a lot of time with our closest loved ones, grieving the ones we lost, but also looking forward to a brighter time when we could better protect ourselves from the virus that disrupted all of our lives. We were ready to go back outside! Ready to celebrate again. And I was ready to make music!" Legend wrote on an Instagram post.
"I spent hours upon hours in my Huntley Studio with some of the most gifted co-writers, musicians and producers. It's an expression of deep appreciation and understanding of all the music and influences that made me the artist I am, my wife and family, and all the loves in my life, all the stories that led me here.
"Legend is full of sensuality, joy and celebration. But our lives are more complex than that. My family and I have also been challenged by loss and grief and pain. I wanted to make space on this album to be vulnerable, spiritual and reflective. I needed this music to help me heal, and to hopefully help others heal. I brought my full self to this album, and that's why I decided to make it my first (sorta) self-titled album.
"I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I do and share it with you. I'm so proud of what we've created. I hope you love Legend, and feel it like I do."