John Legend Is Hopeful for a Better Country 'In America': Listen

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John Legend at the El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles. 

On Wednesday (March 22), John Legend returned with a brand new track titled "In America," in light of the second season of WGN's acclaimed TV series Underground. Here, the crooner sings about hope and optimism for those entranced by the idea of one day thriving in America. 

“'In America' was born around the same time I was working on my most recent album Darkness and Light," Legend, who serves as an executive producer on the show, said in a press release. "It’s a song I was writing while thinking about the duality of America, where it's known to be this place of freedom, equality and where anyone can make it. 

"The song points out the tension between the promise of America, the ideals of America, and sometimes us not living up to those ideals in practice. 'In America' was the perfect song for Underground, a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible.”

Underground is a scripted series that fearlessly illustrates the struggles slaves endured before the Civil War. The show highlights a group named The Macon 7, who boldly attempt to escape from slavery. The audacious group of slaves are led by legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman in hopes of obtaining freedom. 

Listen to Legend's "In America" below.