John Legend sat down for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in Washington D.C. and played a few songs in front of a fully packed office of “a few hundred” according to the NPR page. Legend plays an upright piano crammed into a corner for the first song, “Made To Love,” playing an intimate performance that appears to be acoustic in the sense that there’s no vocal microphone or PA sound system; there’s just a couple shotgun microphones to pick up the sound for the NPR broadcast and the video above.
Between songs, Legend talks about executive producing the soundtrack for the film 12 Years A Slave which he says is “a tough thing to watch” but “an important thing for everyone to see.” He tells the story of finding his own family’s hardship and fight for freedom, which he learned about through Henry Louis Gates’ research for a PBS program about ancestry.
Bobby Anderson plays acoustic guitar on the second song, “Move,” (from the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack) which is stripped down with Legend singing in the style of an old fashioned spiritual that would have been sung by slaves. It’s a touching moment.
For the final song, Legend returns to the Piano for a solo rendition of “All of Me” from his latest album, Love in the Future. The song will be linked to Legend’s recent marriage to Chrissy Teigen, who starred alongside him in the music video.
You can listen to the 12 Years A Slave soundtrack via Spotify, right here on Zumic.
You can keep up with John Legend music, news, and tour dates on his Zumic artist page.
“Made To Love”
“All Of Me”
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Becky Harlan, Abbey Oldham, Meredith Rizzo; photo by Abbey Oldham / NPR
Source: NPR Music