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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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Annette says …

The Police....One World (Not Three). And I love John Legend's new album!

Rita says …

Love to wake up to "Land of Make Believe", Chick Corea, I'ts a Long Beautiful Song and gives me time to be thankful for the Great day ahead!!!!!

Susan Baker-Stark says …

'Give Peace A Chance' by John Lennon says it all for me. According to Songfacts site: This was recorded May 31, 1969 at a "Bed-In" Lennon staged in room 1472 of Queen Elizabeth's Hotel in Montreal. John and Yoko stayed in bed for 8 days, beginning on May 26, in an effort to promote world peace. They got a great deal of media attention, which is exactly what they wanted to promote their cause. Some of the people in the hotel room who sang on this were Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Petula Clark.

MLD says …

Brings back good memories of great music of the past that goes on for many generations

George Morris says …

"Free Hugs" by Sick Puppies. The video is genius too!

Katie says …

Sunshine Go Away by Jonathan Edwards

Julia says …

Amazing!

Bryan says …

Funny the Way it Is by Dave Matthews

Belinda Gross says …

I love this song. That Thing You Do-The Wonders

Patrick Testa says …

My very first memory of recognizing that music could actually "mean something" was when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old and heard "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles while looking out my early morning bedroom window. That song takes me back and invigorates me 30+ years later.

Gina says …

Love it! So grateful to John Legend and The Roots for using their gifts,talents to share their hearts and message through the universal language of music. Children need us to step up and take care of them, they truly are our future. Thank you.

Lori says …

Pink Floyd's "On the Turning Away" has always been very inspiring to me to want to do more.

Emily says …

Superwoman - Alicia Keys

Jarnobrown says …

John Legend is an incredible talent!!

Nicolette says …

Wake up is amazing!!! I listen to it every morning while working out. I love, love, love the message they're putting out there. :)

Meredith says …

I get woken up by some exercise and a good morning text from my mom on the East Coast!

Christine says …

"One" by U2. "Brothers and sisters, We've got to carry each other..."

Mark says …

A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding (Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul). Heartfelt, hints of hope, loving and about soul in the World.

SoftRockDD says …

I so want this CD. Songs from the 60's and 70's were more meaningful than all the rump shaking songs of today. John's got a lot going on. A bright man. Very inspiring. I do so enjoy being consciously aware. Way to go guys. Wake us up!

Jim says …

John Legend will soon be a legend

Emily says …

Carrie Underwood- Change!

ErikaB says …

A Change is Gonna Come

Barb says …

I like to wake up and go to sleep with any classical music

Donna says …

We are the world would be the song for me. We all can make a difference be it big or small.

Kathy Watson says …

One Tribe by Black Eyed Peas

Julie Farris says …

It's great to see someone revitalizing these songs of protest and hope for a better future. We need a galvanizing force to gather people together to create and sustain real change.

melanie says …

One of my favorites is "Wake up Everybody", but there are so many. Keb Mo has a good album with a lot of these songs as well - Peace, Back by Popular Demand. Michael Franti has a lot too, but his are not remakes. My favorite is "Do You Love" - pretty poignant in light of all of the horrible teen suicides recently.

Jaime says …

Love John Legend!

Linsday says …

Norah Jones, 'My Dear country'. Her voice is intoxicating and her playfulness and honesty with her love for country but apprehensiveness with how the media portrays the people who run the country. Makes me want to pay more attention to the candidates and get more involved with the election process

Marcy says …

for years I've been inspired by the original Wake Up Everybody by HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES

Dawn says …

Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love

Dori says …

I have two songs that don't necessarily make me want to "WAKE-UP" concerning the world but in my personal life. Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama" and Patti Labelle's "New Attitude".

jeff says …

Out of the Darkness - Little Steven. I really need to find the Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul albums on CD or fire up my turntable.

Koomah says …

There are so many songs that help me wake-up to the needs of the world around us. It's hard to choose, but I narrowed it down to two... "World" by Five for Fighting inspires me so much... I am working on a performance art piece/ fanmade music video for the song. and "Brother My Brother" by Blessid Union of Souls... also to be a future performance art piece.

renee mirsky says …

Korn's "Got the Life" would be my pick for a waker-upper!

doubleB says …

Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear

Darlene Spilecki says …

Wake Up! this song is a brilliant 'wake-up call' to our educators, mentors and care givers of the world. We all must open our minds, hearts and eyes to help others see,hear, feel and have the opportunity to "Shine". Your music touched me and is beautiful. Thank you and peace be with you.....

April says …

Ben Harper - "With my own two hands"

Safitu says …

My wake up song is Love the Life You Live by reggae band Midnite!

Arthur Goodwin says …

I love to wake up to either "A- Punk" by Vampire Weekend, "Run" by Gnarls Barkley or "Into Action" by Tim Armstrong.

Lily Kwan says …

It Doesn't Have to Be by Erasure

anya says …

No question, Pete Seeger singing This Land is Your Land.

susan mistry says …

anything by black eye peas... :)

sherry says …

i wake up every morning to FANTASIA'S singe Even Angels I always loved her voice she' in my IPOD her first CD n the new one . I give her and her family my blessing an welcome her back

Brooks Kowal says …

Archaic Dance by Drudkh

Sam Lyons says …

I absolutely love waking up to the song "Wake Up Everybody" featuring one of my favorite Chicago hip-hop artist Common. This song is so positive and relaxing, it just gets rid of all your stress and puts you in a great mood!

Max says …

Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes: Wake up everybody no more sleepin in bed No more backward thinkin time for thinkin ahead The world has changed so very much From what it used to be so there is so much hatred war and poverty Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands when you teach the children teach em the very best you can

David says …

The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby always inspires me and wakes me up as a citizen. And it's just a really, really great song.

Erin says …

"Uprising" by Muse is the best wake up song!

astrostl says …

"People are People" by Depeche Mode

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