John Legend Takes Over KCRW Airwaves for Special Christmas Guest DJ Set
Superstar John Legend dropped by KCRW to talk with KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence about his love for Christmas music. Legend's conversation and guest DJ set, during which he shares some of his favorite holiday tunes, airs Tuesday, December 24, at 10AM, on the station's flagship music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic.
"I love Christmas music. l've loved it since I was a kid. It's always been a huge part of our celebration, as a family," explains Legend. He recalls Christmas Day at his grandmother's house. After opening gifts and playing football in the yard, the celebration always ended with a gathering around the piano to sing Christmas tunes. To carry on this tradition, Legend released his own Christmas album in 2018 titled, A Legendary Christmas. Recorded with Raphael Saadiq at his studio in North Hollywood, A Legendary Christmas includes new, original holiday tunes, and beloved covers of traditional Christmas songs. "It put me in a good mood all last year and made me realize how much of a mood-enhancer Christmas music is." The album was recently re-released as a deluxe edition featuring four additional tracks.
Legend kicks-off his KCRW mood-enhancing set off with his version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" also featuring Esperanza Spalding. Other songs included in his guest DJ set are Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas," and Marvin Gaye's "Purple Snowflakes."
To hear the full set, be sure to tune in to KCRW on Tuesday, December 24, at 10AM, or stream on demand at your own family celebrations, at kcrw.com.