John Legend confirmed that he’s working with Questlove and The Roots on his upcoming fourth album at the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session Saturday night in Los Angeles. For those in the house, Legend performed a couple of the as-yet-unreleased cuts he’s been working on. Get lifted.
Originally slated to be included as a bonus disc with his 2008 Evolver album, John Legend teamed up with The Roots to record a series of covers of politically charged songs. The project was eventually put on the back burner, but it now looks like it will be seeing the light of day sometime this year.
The Wake Up Sessions is slated to drop later this year. John & The Roots have covered songs such as Les McCann & Eddie Harris’ “Compared To What” (made famous by Roberta Flack), Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes’ “Wake Up Everybody,” Bill Withers’ “I Can’t Write Left-Handed,” Terence Trent D’arby’s “I Have Faith In These Desolate Times,” Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy,” Mike James Kirkland’s “Hang On In There,” and more.