Many would agree that John Legend‘s lead single, “Made to Love,” seems to reflect perfectly the mood and vibe of his latest album, Love in the Future. The R&B veteran tells ABC News Radio the title alone lets fans know exactly where he’s at in his life.
“The idea behind the title is that there’s a sense of romance, a belief in love, and a sense of optimism that permeates the music,” he says. “That’s the feeling I want people to get from listening to it, I think it will put them in a good place.”
With a fall wedding looming, the crooner didn’t have to look to far to find inspiration. The 34-year-old explains why he had no qualms about sharing his tender love ballad “All of Me,” which was inspired by his fiance Chrissy Teigen, with the rest of the world.
John says that as an artist “it’s not difficult to go there” when it comes down to releasing personal songs, adding that it’s often necessary to make a great song.
“When you get personal, but also make it universal at the same time, that’s when you have potential to make a great song,” John says of the piano-driven track that’s sure to be a wedding anthem. “Because when I sing about the specifics of what’s going on in my life, I feel like I can connect it to the specifics of what is going on in people’s lives around the world.”
The secret recipe that completes Love in the Future is the work of John’s trusted friend and frequent collaborator Kanye West. The singer revealed that having ‘Ye co-produce the entire project seemed to have elevated the recording process.
“It’s great working with Kanye again,” John says. “He’s been more involved with this album than any of my other albums prior to now. He just wanted to make sure that we made something that was really special.”
John recalls, “When we got together in Hawaii, we worked for two weeks and we were there with a bunch of producers and other writers and he told everybody that our goal was to make the album of the year this year.”
So, does he think the set has lived up to Kanye’s expectations? John coyly smiles and says, “I will leave it to everyone else to decide what the album of the year is.”
Love in the Future is available now. The set marks his fourth studio effort and the first since 2008’s Evolver.
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