After months of promoting and releasing singles, John Legend has made an announcement about what will be his 7th solo studio album. The John Legend Bigger Love album is the follow-up to his 2018 Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas. Prior to that Legend released Darkness and Light, which featured the lead single, “Love Me Now.”
The John Legend Bigger Love album will be released on Friday June 19th, or Juneteenth, for those who know, it is recognized as the day that slaves were freed. The album is executive produced by legendary producer Raphael Saadiq.
He also shared a message about the project for fans.
“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.”
The lead single for the album, “Conversations In The Dark” was released back in January. That song was followed up by “Actions,” and most recently, the title track, “Bigger Love”.
The full tracklist from the project is below.
John Legend Bigger Love Track List
01. Ooh Laa
03. I Do
04. One Life
05. Wild featuring Gary Clark Jr.
06. Bigger Love
07. U Move, I Move featuring Jhene Aiko
08. Favorite Place
09. Slow Cooker
11. Conversations In The Dark
12. Don’t Walk Away featuring Koffee
13. Remember Us featuring Rapsody
14. I’m Ready featuring Camper
16. Never Break
John Legend will appear on the next Verzuz battle with Alicia Keyz, a battle that has been in the works for weeks. Alicia Keys was supposed to release her album in May, but it has since been delayed since touring is not happening. The John Legend Bigger Love album will be released on June 19th.