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Brandy and John Legend tapped for Audible’s ‘Words + Music’ series (EXCLUSIVE)

Audible will spotlight two R&B powerhouses – john legend and Brandy — for his latest “Words + Music” volumes of 2022, which combine an original performance with a personal memoir. Legend’s “Living Legend” will debut on October 3, followed by Brandy’s “A New Moon”, which will be released on December 2.

Legend, who is set to release his eighth studio album on September 9, will tell his career story in full – recounting the setbacks and triumphs that turned a homeschooled child into the church choir. into an EGOT winner and multi-platinum recording artist.

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In ‘Living Legend’, performed live at legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London, the soul-pop singer reflects on how ‘faith, freedom and love followed him throughout his life’ . Additionally, Legend will discuss his early professional struggles and how his creative connection with Kanye West ultimately gave rise to his stage name.

“Music has always been my way of expressing my emotions and spreading love and compassion,” Legend commented. “I hope hearing the stories behind my music gives the songs a deeper meaning. It was a fulfilling and wonderful experience to revisit those times in my life.

Brandy also joins the slate with a conversation about the pressures of teenage stardom, young superstardom, and self-doubt. “A New Moon” is meant to be a stripped-back look at the R&B singer’s personal experiences, wins, and traumas that shaped her. Written and engineered by Brandy with veteran writer Gerrick Kennedy, the segment is described as “an intimate, raw meditation on the power and purpose of one of the most influential singers of all time.”

Legend and Brandy join a long list of artists who have created “Words + Music” originals for Audible, including Carlos Santana, Tenacious D, Beck, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Chuck D, Liz Phair and Alice Cooper, among others.

“We are thrilled to welcome two more beloved artists to the ‘Words + Music’ vault. When curating our ‘Words + Music’ list, we not only look for accomplished musicians, but also artists who move us; artists who defined a generation and captured the pop culture zeitgeist. John Legend and Brandy each left their mark on the Billboard charts, but more importantly on our hearts and souls,” said Zola Mashariki, head of Audible Studios.

Previously announced artists slated to release “Words + Music” originals in 2023 include Mariah Carey, Aimee Mann, and Yasiin Bey.

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