John Legend announces first Christmas album, upcoming tour
Recent EGOT winner John Legend always seems to be ahead of the times. This year, he’s even celebrating Christmas in October.
The multiplatinum singer-songwriter announced his first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas, Monday morning on Twitter. The minute-long video includes a behind-the-scenes look at a holiday-themed photo shoot with Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and their daughter, Luna, as well as a snippet of “Bring Me Love,” one of six original tracks on the album.
A Legendary Christmas will also feature eight classic Christmas songs, including “Silver Bells,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).” The album is executive-produced by Raphael Saadiq, with additional vocals from jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and harmonica from Stevie Wonder on “What Christmas Means to Me,” the first track on the LP.
Columbia Records will release A Legendary Christmas on Oct. 26, giving fans ample time to get into the holiday spirit. However, it seems that the 39-year-old musician has been celebrating the season for months: Teigen mentioned the project back in July, when she posted a Boomerang of her husband dancing to his new tunes on Twitter.
To accompany the album, the “All of Me” singer will embark on a 25-date national tour, beginning Nov. 15 in Clearwater, Florida, and wrapping up on Dec. 30 in San Diego.