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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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Karen Hale says …

Imagine by John Lennon, Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer for a more recent one, and, as a child of the 80s, We are the World and Do They Know It's Christmas?

Brandon Saranik says …

Imagine by John Lennon without a doubt! I just realized I should listen to it right now.

Yvonne says …

Can't wait to hear it. I know its awesome!!!

Yvonne says …

I love wake up!! That song is so positive.

Melina says …

Casas de Carton by Ali Primera

Bob says …

Favorite wake up song has to be MJ's "Man in the mirror". "Make that change."

cheryl crain says …

stand by rem- what a wonderful world= louis armstrong imagine- john lenneon

Linda Dallas says …

Mercy, mercy me by Marvin Gaye.

Jane Ann says …

War-All day music. Jane

Lee says …

Pocket full of sunshine

Leah says …

Wake Your Mind Up by 311 (From Chaos album) It will make you think....

wayne joe says …

WHOLLY HOLY or anything by marvin gaye!

Aaron Couts says …

The fire is a great song I love it, roots and john legend is a match made in heaven. And the fact john legend is from springfield ohio, it's great to see the stardom he has he deserves it.

Roseanna Murray says …

Great music with a great concept. We need more of this!!!!

Kelly Vanderburg says …

"Send me on my Way" by Rusted Root!!!!

J Bryant Bennett says …

Love The Roots and John Legend... Would love this even more.

Brittany says …

Right Now-Van Halen

N. Nicholes says …

Love these two artists (well one artist,and one group) together!

Jessica Marie Kimbrough says …

I am just blessed and so moved at this cd that John Legend and the roots have put together. It's been a long time since the music industry has done something positive to bring our "roots" back.

charlene brown says …

love it!

Lauren P says …

Imagine by John Lennon I LOVE John Legend!

Jessica Marie Kimbrough says …

"wake up" with M. Fionna is my favorite song

AdamF says …

Wake up -- Rage Against the Machine

Adam says …

I see this, and I need this.

J Bryant Bennett says …

Becoming a jackal- villagers

Gia says …

I love The Clash's The Call Up.

Peter Armstrong says …

It's so great the WF also posts music - LOVED Guster last week,and then got to see them two days later! And now more fun with John Legend!

Christopher Morris says …

Love what I've heard so far about this album - thanks for the opportunity to enter a cool contest. "What's Going on?" by Marvin Gaye. Soulful and the message is awesome. Makes me want to do something.

Jaime Rodriguez says …

Walk on by U2. Written for Burmese political prissioner Aung San Suu Kyi, the song reminds us that no one can take away what we have inside of us. And with that we can change the world.

Daniel says …

Jimmy Fallon is a lucky dude to have that kind of house band!

jules says …

dear god 2.0 by the roots Funny the way it is by dave matthews every time I hear these songs I get something different from it

Paula says …

just love it!

Peter Armstrong says …

Peace Train and Love Train!

Sue says …

I know it may sound corny, but I love Miley Cyrus' "Wake Up America". I like seeing the younger generation aware of whats going on!

Jena Fioravanti says …

No question for me... Ben Harper's "Better Way" speaks volumes, and I think it extremely powerful, in a positive, thought-provoking way! And, Ben all-out rocks! Peace, Jena

Brenda Widrin says …

Wanna Be Startin’ Something by Michael Jackson

charmer1 says …

"Taken It To The Streets" by Michael McDonald.

Veronica Renteria says …

The Sound by Switchfoot has a GREAT message!

Luke S says …

I have to go with Wham's classic hit "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

Phil says …

"Shine" rocks. Thanks for this collaborative effort.

Rachel Pearl says …

Wow! I've got to hear that.

Molly Bugler says …

I can't believe this is out! Excited to get my hands on it! Thanks Whole Foods!!

Katie says …

I'd love an autographed copy! This is a great album.

Chasidy says …

I really like John Legend's voice. I heard this cd is really good.

Shelley Lai says …

Love John Legend and can't wait to check out his WAKE UP! CD!

Veronica Day says …

Mystery of Iniquity - Lauryn Hill

ayanna says …

Giving Love by The Brand New Heavies

Shannon says …

A Beautiful Day by U2 - then I know that today is going to be a beautiful day....always puts me in a great mood!

Audrey says …

gotta love ?estlove....and John, and Black Though, and...well yeah, everyone!

Sarah says …

youth of the nation - POD

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