Released on September 21, 2010.
The @JohnLegend @TheRoots collab was crowned winner of the 2010 @recordingacademy Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
The Wake Up album paid tribute to legends of the past and introduced new legends of the future. It was a critical success and considered a reintroduction of soul music as a tool for social change.
@Questlove remarked, "I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realise that these are cover songs"
America's political climate formed the bedrock for the album's creation, "I was in the middle of campaigning for Barack Obama and feeling inspired by the atmosphere in the country at the time, so I wanted to do something musically that reflected that moment. The original idea was to do some sort of covers EP, but the more I got into it with the Roots, it felt like something that should be heard and marketed on its own," commented John Legend.
Wake Up resonates more than ever today, like the power work of its predecessors Everything is Everything and What's Going On, and continues to be a valuable resource for uplift in these trying times.
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