John Legend: All of Me

John Legend: All of Me

John Legend: Artist Profile

John Legend’s musical artistry can be kind of inconspicuous in the sea of talent and opportunists in the music industry. But once you encounter it, you are taken by the ocean of influences that transpire in his work. It takes quite a musician to create their own sounds with so much diverse inspiration and while never remaining quite the same. Every song has its own individuality albeit the touch of the singer-songwriter’s own brand, own style, own timber.

R & B, Jazz, Gospel, pop, a touch of funk and a bit of fusion nothing is forbidden in this musical adventure. But the clue remains throughout his oeuvres: they are very much grounded in soulfulness and open to experimental sounds. It is sometimes easy to forget that the talented pianist, composer, lyricist, singer and producer has been active since 2000. The likes Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and have appeared in the notes of his early music propelling it to the heights that he has maintained if not surpassed since. The journey through this artist’s music definitely pokes the music lover’s interest. Even more interestingly, the touches of musical romanticism spread throughout his pieces are never lost even when he collaborates with hip-hop or sings of cheating.

John Legend in ten songs

  1. All of Me
  2. Made to Love
  3. Bridges – John Legend has featured and co-written or fully written quite his share of songs. He features in this track performed by the powerful and unique vocals of Rebecca Ferguson blending two eras in one song.
  4. If you’re out there
  5. Show Me – A touch of uncomplicated beauty with subtle contretemps absolutely flowing and blending in like a soul getting peace from expressing his reflective turmoil.
  6. Stay With You: A touch of Gospel for this promise song
  7. Preach
  8. Glory: Rapper Common and Legend perform the perfect soundtrack for the motion picture “Selma”. This strings-accompanied anthem supports the film theme about the epic non-violent 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. (portrayed by David Oyelowo) which led to President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The track is penned by the two music artists and Rhymefest.
  9. Used to Love you
  10. Ordinary People

John Legend’s Official Website

I Write The Songs #118 Featured artists

I Write The Songs #118 Featured artists

I Write The Songs #118 Featured artists is the second part of finding out the origin of the show I Write The songs by Tiki Black aired on Canalside Community Radio for the first time around the 25th of May 2017 with podcast via Mixcloud.

I Write The Songs #118 Featured artists part 1

  • Joan Baez, Farewell Angelina, 3.12, 1965, Bob Dylan, I Write The Songs 58, and an upcoming IWTS
  • Father John Misty, Bored In The USA, 4:22, I Love You, Honeybear [Explicit] 2015 Josh Tillman: one of our most featured songs, appearing in I Write The songs #105#94#85#76#70#66,
  • Lewis & Leigh, What is there to do, 3.27, 2015, coming from Fatea Showcase Sessions, IWTS 9492
  • Salwa Azar, Fighter, 3.02, Black Feather Wooden Chair, 2014, IWTS 74
  • Labi Siffre, Something inside so strong, 4.36, 1987

I Write The Songs #118 Featured artists part 2

  • Civil Wars, Billie Jean, 4.08, Michael Jackson. I Write The Songs #99#97, #9487
  • Coco Mbassi, Bazor, Joa, 5.50, 2014, Dina Bell, Cameroon: IWTS #102,  #73#61#56, #49#502015 Playlist

  • Manu Dibango, Si tu vois ma mère, Sidney Bechet, 4.50
  • Tiki Black, Silence no more, 3.57, Out of the Black
  • John Legend, Ordinary People, 4.38

I Write The Songs #118 Featured artists part 3

  • Youn Sun Nah, Jockey Full of Bourbon, 3.42, Album: Voyage, 2008, Tom Waits, IWTS #108#96#86#73#68#47, #46,
  • Ringo Ska, Hey Jude, 3.36, Lennon-McCartney
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater & Ray Charles, Till the next somewhere (aka Precious Thing), 5.04, 2011, (Ronnie Bird, Pierre Papadiamandis): IWTS 64, #95#60#49#45#35#83#72,
  • Dolly Parton, I will always love you, 3.03, 1982
I Write The Songs #75 featuring Pitch Feather

I Write The Songs #75 featuring Pitch Feather

Songwriter of the week: Alberta and Chuan Leong aka Pitch Feather

Pitch Feather are the delightful vocals of Alberta Leong and the superb instrument skills of husband Chuan on songs written by these two inspired artists. The band hails from Singapore and serves a nice mix of folk, indie, rock and rock shortened to “indie blue rock”. 1inmusic also did a review of their album Mountains and Tides.

Alberta and Chuan have also released a couple of seasonal singles and we have no doubt that they will be gracing our waves with new melodies soon, or at least we do hope so. Since Mountains and Tides was recorded from November 2011 to July 2013, we are gently expecting something to come along around 2016-17 ;).

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Mountains and Tides LP by Pitch FeatherPart 1

Imogen Heap, Thriller (Rod Temperton), 4.27, 2009, England/US
Dark Green Tree, Yearn for love, 3.46, 2014-5, UK

Patty Griffin, Rowing song, 3.21, 2008
Eamon Friel, Arrow and Heart, 4.37, 2014
Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer (live), 4.47, 1969 – event of the week
Pitch Feather, Painter’s Symphony, 3.29, 2013

Part 2

Shania Twain, You’re still the One, 3.34, 1998
(dedicated to Sandra and Pierre who are celebrating their 16th anniversary)
Keane, Somehwere only we know, 4.17, 2005
Little Sparrow, Garden, 3.45, 2015

Read a review of Little Sparrow’s new single right here

Ed Sheeran, Photograph, 4.15, 2014
Pitch Feather, Lavender Girl, 3.24, 2013, Singapore
Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba, My angel (Malaika), 3.14, South Africa/US

Part 3

Turn your lights down low, Bob Marley & The Wailers, 3.40, 1979
Omara Portuondo, La Sitiera, 3.57, 2000, Cuba
(dedicated to Annie, one of our wonderful listeners)

John Legend, Ordinary People, 4.38, 2006, US
Pitch Feather, Elderflower Fall, 3.22, 2013, Singapore

James Morrison, The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore, 4.14

Tiki’s I Write The Songs #75 by Tiki Black on Mixcloud

John Legend: All of Me

I Write The Songs #73 featuring John Legend

john_legendpart 1

  • Rebecca Ferguson featuring John Legend, Bridges (John Legend, J Loos, Steve Robson)
  • Aynsley Lister, Crazy (Danger Mouse & Cee Lo Green)
  • Texas, The conversation (Sharleen Spiteri/Johnny McElhone/Karen Overton/Amanda Ghost/Ian Dench), 2013, Scotland
  • James Keelaghan, Red River Rising (Canada)
  • Lily Allen, Womaniser (Nikeshia Briscoe, Rafael Akinyemi), England/USA
  • John Legend, You & I, 2014, US

part 2

  • Lorde, Royals, New Zealand
  • Michael Jackson, Come together (Lennon/McCartney), England/USA
  • Lily & Madeleine, In The Middle, 2013, USA
  • Keane, Everybody’s changing, 2004
  • Coco Mbassi, Blubridge, 2014-15, Cameroon
  • London Grammar, Strong (Hannah Reid, Dot Major, Daniel Rothman), 2013
  • John Legend, All of mesongwriteroftheweek

part 3

  • Rufus Wainwright, Complainte de la butte (Georges Van Parys and Jean Renoir), Canada/France
  • Youn Sun Nah, India Song (Carlos d’Alessio), Argentina/South Korea/France
  • Camille, Le festin (Michael Giacchino), France/USA
  • Marina Florance & Ben Smith, Getting Away, 2014, England
  • John Legend, Ordinary people

Tiki’s I Write The Songs #73 by Tiki Black on Mixcloud