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WAKE UP!

Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots are presenting fans with a fiery new offering, WAKE UP! This CD, available in Whole Foods Market stores now, features soulful music from the 60's and 70's all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness- effectively telling listeners to WAKE UP! (Read on for a chance to win an autographed CD.) The album features eleven evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. The album is highlighted by familiar tracks like "Wholly Holy" by Marvin Gaye and "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of Baby Huey and the Babysitters' "Hard Times," and "Hang on in There" by Mike James Kirkland. The album features one original composition, Legend's song "Shine," which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim's upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman. The song, a "Stevie-Wonder-meets-gospel" stunner, clearly demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. WAKE UP! blends Legend's expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide. Watch to John Legend & The Roots talk about what this album means to them in this video about the Making of WAKE UP! Got a favorite song that helps you wake up to the needs of the world around us? Leave a comment below by October 13th telling us what it is and we'll pick three random winners to receive a CD and poster. One of the CDs is even autographed!

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Phaedra Blocker says …

It doesn't get much better than Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues'! Actually, the entire album ("What's Going On?") is a wake-up call--one that is still as relevant and powerful today as when it was first released in 1971.

Brianna B. says …

I like the song "Good Morning" sang by Nas.

Lauren says …

You Gotta Be- Des'ree. This song is so empowering to women! It tells us to keep our heads up and to never give up on our dreams!

Claire says …

A very obscure song by Melonie call I don't eat animals it was on her first (very hard to find album).

Amy says …

Imagine - John Lennon

PJ says …

Until The Rain Comes - Don Cherry

Stacy davis says …

Bob Marleys " don't worry, about a thing" I sing it to my children as we look for birds on our way to school!!

Mamie Wilkins says …

Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" is a wonderfully written song with a message that is as important today as it was when the song was released.

Rany says …

John Lennon: IMAGINE = my all time favorite.

Treva says …

My favorite wake up song is Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye.

Jennifer says …

Sarah McLachlan- World On Fire..powerful song and video

emmyup9 says …

I still love hearing 'We are the World' it makes me remember all those here and abroad that still live with so little and how we must advocate for the erradication of poverty worldwide!

Carisa O'Hara says …

I love this cd!

Carisa O'Hara says …

Imagine.

Jerry van West says …

My favorite wake up song is from R.E.M. The song is "Shiny, Happy People". I hear that song and I am immediately in a great mood. The song is very peppy and makes me dance around my living room with my dogs.

WarriorQueen31 says …

Genesis-Land of Confusion

Ann Grant says …

Imagine by John Lennon

Inumidun says …

Inner City Blues by Marvin Gaye

Jennifer A. Smith says …

song that helps me wake up to the needs of the world around us? Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"

debbie ward says …

Good Morning by john Legend I love that song I also like Wake Up from the new cd wake up I love John Legends music and i love to see him in concert.

Sean G. Smith says …

Please Enter Me to Win WAKE UP! as for a song: Higher Ground (RHCP- version) Thanks! Sean

Denise Haynes says …

Shine!

Denise says …

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) by Marvin Gaye. It's as relevant today as it was in 1971 when it was released.

Nick Rapach says …

Bob Marley (of course!), Get Up Stand Up (if I had to pick just one of his songs)

Jessica Matthews says …

I love the Roots and John Legend and cannot wait to hear this CD. My favorite song that helps me Wake Up is Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror.

Lynn says …

Where is the Love-Black Eye Peas

sincerity says …

GREAT VOICES GREAT MUSIC! love 'em

SarahR says …

Come Together - The Beatles!

Tony Wilson says …

The Pretender by Jackson Brown

Laviza says …

love john legend's soulful voice!!

Jaymee Brown says …

I don't know about favorite but Heal The World is constantly being sung by me to my 2 babies!

Vicki Burow says …

In a more broad sense, Aretha Franklin's "Respect".

Bonnie Jackson says …

What a wonderful World-Louis Armstrong

Sean G. Smith says …

Please Enter Me! Higher Ground (RHCP version) keeps me fighting the good fight!

Katie says …

Everythime I listen to Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" it makes me rethink what I am doing with my life and how I can change my community for the better by starting with myself.

Lindsay says …

Whats Going on - Marvin Gay

Monique says …

my favorite wake up song is "Wake up everybody" by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Released in 1973, this song held the record for longest-running number-one hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for eleven weeks. A great song for a lifetime of listening.

Karlene B says …

'you can fool some ppl sometimes, but you can't fool all the ppl all the time. Now you see the light, we gotta stand up for our rights.'. Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" was powerful enough to be marched to by Apartheid in South Africa in the 80s. And it moves me how many ppl have brought social change, marching to his songs

Heather Vongsavanh says …

the old John Lennon Song.... Imagine

Jennifer Puett says …

"Walk On" by U2. Sample lyrics: Walk on, walk on What you got they can't steal it No they can't even feel it Walk on, walk on... You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been A place that has to be believed to be seen.

Jelena D says …

"LEAN ON ME...when your not strong and I'll be your friend..." Love that song by Bill Withers.

MS Wally says …

Waiting for the world to change by John Mayer.

Josh Trosper says …

"Undone" Pearl Jam. Definitely good, especially around election time

Cheryl Gardner says …

One of my favorite songs is John Legend: When It's Cold Outside

irene wilmore says …

michael jackson's "man in the mirror".

andrea howell says …

Nas "I Can"

LJ says …

What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

Thomas Shilling says …

Ray of Light by Madonna...................And I feel!! high energy;when it is over the silence can be deafening, but......I am still jump'in up....down.....arms waving.......breath........coffee.............out the door...........good morning WORLD......sun? put the shades on.......rain? jump in every puddle.....glad to wake this morning.....glad to try climb'in that mountain again today

Anne Johnson says …

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

Cobun says …

Definitely John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change."

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