John Legend & The Legendary Roots Crew Listening Session with Spoken Word Artist Christopher Hines~Barnes & Nobles~The Grove
Soul music is, really a lost art form. Gone are the days when you turned on the radio and your ears where meet with music that…filled your soul. Live instrumentation, layers of emotions, perfectly pitched vocals that didn’t need the assistance of auto-tune (that’s what it was initially designed for), and a purpose to be saying something….Memories.
Barnes & Nobles at The Grove in Los Angeles and Columbia/Sony Music gave a sneak peek tonight into what to expect come September 21 with the release of “Wake Up!”, John Legend and The Legendary Roots Crew‘s collaboratory (is that a word? now it is) mission to bringing soul music back, especially at a time when we need to feel good about something. They dug into the crates and covered soul classics from the 60’-70’s, from Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Harold Melville and The Blue Notes, Bill Withers, and many more. You will not be disappointed with the feel, the sound, or the messages. Making appearances on the album besides the lyrical guerilla Black Thought are Common and Melanie Fiona ( Wake Up!) and CL Smooth (Our Generation).
The night was well put together with the added flavor from spoken word artist Christopher Hines delivering between song selections, thought-provoking antidotes that weren’t preachy or self-righteous. *Snap, snap* Chris, you did your thing! Oh yea and I do LOVE ME!
When you pick up the album (go out and buy the album y’all, even if it means you have to save up) make sure your Black Power fist is high in the air at the register.