John Legend on Trump, his marriage and recent album

The ‘Beauty and the Beast’ singer is workin­g on a new album titled Darkne­ss and Light

PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

In the midst of all the chaos, sitting with his piano, crooning to his famous track, All of Me, John Legend gave the perfect distraction to the commuters at King’s Cross St Pancras.

Currently in London, the Beauty and the Beast singer is working on a new album titled Darkness and Light. Discussing his latest album, Legend said, “It’s a really interesting blend on this album, all very soulful, and it feels like really honest, truthful music for me,” reports The Independent.

Giving his two cents about the Grammy Album of the year this time, the La La Land star asserted, “Album of the Year should be hugely important albums –  that are high quality – and of course Adele’s was that, but for a lot of people Beyoncé made the most important artistic statement of the year, and she did it in a way that was hugely successful and groundbreaking and news-making.”

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“Ideally, the album should be commercially successful; it should be a big impactful album,” he adds. “But we do have other awards that are strictly by the numbers – AMAs, Billboard… those are more numbers-driven.”

On his fun relationship with wife, Chrissy Teigen, Legend smiled as he said, “We have fun. When we’re on Twitter, we truly enjoy the interaction, it’s not some planned out publicity scheme. We don’t talk with our publicist about what we’re gonna say… They wish we did sometimes, probably.”

“When I’m sharing aspects of my private life it’s because I feel good about sharing it. So it’s all very natural and comfortable for me to do it, and I don’t feel like it’s an imposition because if I don’t want to I just won’t do it.” He further adds.

Legend also commented on critics believing that the artists are less vocal about political and social conflicts now, as compared to those in the 60s and 70s era.

“In the 60s and 70s it was much more common for artists to sing and speak about politics,” he says. “I think there was no sense of urgency until he got elected, and now people are genuinely worried about the future of the country. I think people had gotten comfortable. People will protest, they’ll write songs, people are engaged.

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Discussing the significance of Black Lives Matter movement, the You & I singer remarked, “Sometimes you need that sense of urgency to spawn a creative renaissance where we really talk about these issues. And between the Black Lives Matter movement and Trump getting elected, BLM really impacted a lot of black musicians and I think Trump getting elected will impact an even larger body of musicians.”

“You see that reaction in some of these elections in the US and Europe,” he asserted, adding “Hopefully everyone will calm down and stop operating out of fear and be more accepting of each other’s differences.”

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