Fresh off of his Emmy Award-winning performance in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, John Legend is ready to bring the holidays into our homes with the help of his wife, Chrissy Teigen, on new NBC special, A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.
The holiday program will feature guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Awkwafina, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Meghan Trainor, Jane Lynch, Zach Galifianakis and others.
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In a new interview with Billboard, Legend discusses the show and new album, A Legendary Christmas, revealing that he’s wanted to record a Christmas record for years.
“I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, and everyone around me was like, ‘Yeah, that’d be great.’ I just never got around to it before, and I had enough time this year and I was focused and excited enough about it to really dedicate a lot of energy to it, and I did. I called Raphael Saadiq early in the process and said I wanted him to produce the whole thing and we just started thinking about what songs we wanted to do, and he put together a kick-ass band and we started making the record.”
Legend wanted both the album and the show to have a “nostalgic vibe,” embracing the holiday staples he cherished as a kid.
“With the entire album there’s a kind of nostalgic feel, from the songs we chose to the way we chose to arrange them, the photo shoot, the video shoot — with everything we’ve been embracing the legacy of great Christmas music that I grew up listening to — Motown, Nat King Cole, just a lot of the classics. So since we’ve been embracing that classic vibe with the music, we wanted to embrace it visually, too. You see that in the show with the production, with the wardrobe choice. Everything’s got a classic, nostalgic vibe.”
Watch A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy tonight, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.