During the 2008 presidential election, John Legend
and The Roots
were inspired to work on a collaborative album together and the product of their efforts, Wake Up!, was released on September 21, 2010. The album features the prolific soul singer and hip-hop band covering protest songs and conscious soul classics from a variety of artists from the 60s and 70s, with guest appearances from Common
and Melanie Fiona
. Produced entirely by Legend, songs covered on the album include Marvin Gaye
’s Wholy Holy
, Donny Hathaway
’s Little Ghetto Boy
, Baby Huey and the Babysitters
’ Hard Times
, and Mike James Kirkland
’s Hang on in There
. The first single, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Wake up Everybody
, features guest spots by Common and Melanie Fiona.
Edited by [deleted user] on 23 Nov 2010, 20:12
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