When John Legend finished recording his seventh studio album in February, he, like everyone, couldn't have imagined the state of society four months later, juggling both a global pandemic and a social revolution, with the police killing of George Floyd causing civil unrest in the streets of America.
On a Zoom listening session for his Bigger Love album earlier in June, Legend said that the stirring 16-track project's lyrics "feel different now, given the circumstances," but views part of his duty as an artist to "lift people up."
"This album is more focused on joy, love, hope, and on optimism," he adds. "I think my last album [2016's Darkness and Light] was kind of an album about being worried about being concerned and I definitely feel both. I feel like the world needs some joy."