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John Legend Performs Invigorating 'Preach', Talks Activism on 'Daily Show': Watch

John Legend paid a visit to The Daily Show to perform a stripped-down version of his recently released single, “Preach,” and talk about the meaning behind the song as well as his activist work around the country on Tuesday night (Feb. 26).

Host Trevor Noah welcomed Legend by joking that the father-of-two should “start a club” with the other 14 artists who have achieved the prestigious EGOT sweep of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony wins. The multi-faceted artist spoke about his work in criminal justice reform, including the new initiative FreeAmerica, as well as touching on the meaning behind the lyrics and video for “Preach.”   

“‘Preach’ isn’t about any particular cause, it’s about saying we can’t just be about words, thoughts and prayers, we have to be about action,” Legend said. “I think everybody should take it personally and say, ‘What in my life do I wanna see change in? I should be a part of that change instead of just talking about it.’”

Legend later took center stage on the intimate set behind a grand piano as his soulful vocals soared on the thoughtful ballad. “I can't sit and hope, I can't just sit and pray that/ I can find the love when all I see is pain/ Fallin' to my knees, and though I do believe/ I can't just preach, baby, preach,” the Ohio native sang on the chorus.

Watch clips of Legend performing “Preach” and his interview at The Daily Show below.


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