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John Legend On Acting Career: “Music Still Comes First”

By Sarah Carroll

John Legend has one of the most iconic voices of this generation, but lately, he’s been beefing up his résumé with an impressive acting career.

He’s set to appear in La La Land this December. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and it’s already generating some major Oscar buzz.

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter is also making a cameo in Underground, portraying Frederick Douglass in the WGN America series he also produces.

Related: John Legend Releases New Single ‘Love Me Now’

But Legend insists at the end of the day, he’ll never abandon his musical roots.

“For me, music still comes first,” he told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio. “I love working with my production company…I don’t think I want to do a lot of acting, but I think there are times when some of the stuff we’re producing calls for me to be involved as an actor in it as well. So, I’ll get involved in that way, but most of the time I’m just going to be making music and going out on the road.”

Legend recently dropped his new single, “Love Me Now.” It will appear on his fifth studio album Darkness & Light, which will be released before the end of the year. It’s also his first album since the birth of his first child, Luna.

“Everything changes, of course, when you’ve got a new baby. It makes you think about your whole life differently. The music, I think, reflects me being a dad and me being a husband and you’ll hear all of that on the new album.”

Darkness & Light features collaborations with Miguel, Chance The Rapper, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes.

“I just thought about the songs and thought about who would make sense for the songs. People that I’m fans of are the people I reach out to. I’m a huge fan of all three of those people…and when I called them up, they said yes.”

Legend also revealed a few details about his upcoming tour.

“Oh it’s coming. It’ll be next year. I think the album’s going to come in December. We’re working out the exact date and then we’ll tour in the new year.”

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