Album features collaborations with Gray Clark Jr, Jhene Aiko, Koffee and Rapsody among others.
Multi-platinum, 11-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend today released his new album BIGGER LOVE via Columbia Records, available now everywhere. As John Legend sees it, the world could use a reminder of the power of love and his seventh studio album, BIGGER LOVE, is just that.
“During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic,” Legend says. “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.”
BIGGER LOVE is classic John Legend: Soulful, joyful, loving hopefuly and tender. The 16-track album is a heady mix of jubilant pop-soul (“Bigger Love”, “I do”, “Wild”), lush grown and sexy R&B (“U Move I Move,”, “Slow Cooker”,”Favourite Place”), hypnotic hip-hop inspired grooves (“Ooh Laa,” “Actions”) and the powerful ballads that are the cornerstone of his work (“Conversations in the Dark,” “Never break”).
Rolling Stone declares the title track “Bigger Love,” “a dance floor-ready pop song… that exudes jubilance even in these tough times.” Billboard says “Actions,” “can mean something slightly different everyone, but once again, Legend has used his platform for positive motivation. MTV calls the #1 song “Conversations in the Dark” a “tear-jerker” and says, “John Legend has written the world’s sweetest vows.”
This evening, John will celebrate the album release with a special Juneteenth edition of Verzuz with Alicia Key. The Instagram Live series has been staging battles between musicians since March and will feature a special musical duel and battle of the pianos with John and Alicia starting at 8pm ET. Watch on the @verzuztc page on Instagram.
In honor of Father’s Day, Legend will also host a one-hour variety special, “John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day,” airing Sunday, June 21 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. The evening will be a tribute to fathers everywhere and will blend live musical performances from his new album BIGGER LOVE with some levity, humor and touching moments.
On Thursday, June 25 at 3pm PT /6pm ET, Legend will perform a virtual #BIGGERLOVE concert experience in collaboration with Waves and benefitting Let’s Free America. You can RSVP for a free ticket HERE.
Executive produced by Raphael Saadiq, BIGGER LOVE features collaborations with Jhene Aiko, Koffee, Raps ody and Gary Clark Jr. with co-writing and production work from Anderson Paak, Oak Felder, Tayla Parx, Charlie Puth, Ryan Tedder, Teddy Geiger, DJ Camper, Ricky Reed, Julia Michaels, Digi, Cautious Clay, Di Genius and more.
BIGGER LOVE is about bringing light and love at a time when things feel otherwise.
In a statement to his fans, Legends says, “I’m under no ilusion 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. U 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.”