Pictured on our digital cover in styles from Gucci, John Legend is back with an adventurous new album in the works and a star-studded Las Vegas residency.
John Legend holds a rare position in the world of music. The Grammy-winning artist’s catalogue is brimming with timeless classics that have the remarkable ability to translate the universal experience of love, life and loss. From the 2004 hit Ordinary People to the 2013 ballad All of Me, the Ohio-native has consistently connected with international audiences through sound. Legend’s face illuminates when he teases the new music he’s working on: “It’s soulful. It’s adventurous. It’s fun. Some of it is therapeutic and healing,” he reveals.
Legend is no stranger to his impact on modern music and is thankful for the reach of his songs. “I feel so grateful every day that I get to make something that lives forever, that people play my songs at their weddings or when they’re professing their love to someone, that they play it to help them get through tough times and that they play it at cookouts to have fun with their friends. The fact that it’s part of people’s lives is beautiful,” he smiles.
Behind the accolades, Legend is every bit a family man. He speaks to Schön! over video call from his bright marble kitchen where he’s just made pancakes for his children. He is smart and collected as he eloquently describes the collaborators on his upcoming project. There are “people from the Reggae world, the Pop world, the Soul world [and] the Hip Hop world,” he says. “There’s always an interesting chemistry that happens when you mix up different elements that people bring to the table. Mix that with my own influences growing up in a church with Soul music and that makes an interesting stew, an interesting cocktail,” he says.
This digital cover + editorial from Schön! 42 has been produced by
photography. Stephanie Pistel @ Tempomedia
production. Frankie Production LA
fashion. Matteo Pieri
talent. John Legend wearing Gucci
grooming. Ron Stephens
make up. Pam Farmer
post production. Edwin Veer
photography assistant. Robert Noriega
location scout. First In Service
location + special thanks. Chateau Marmont
words. Shama Nasinde