John Legend’s first book on art, marriage, life

Written by CNN Staff John Legend has marked his first foray into book publishing with a collection of personal columns that explore his creative process, relationships and culture. On Thursday, Penguin Random House’s Gallery…

John Legend's first book on art, marriage, life

Written by CNN Staff

John Legend has marked his first foray into book publishing with a collection of personal columns that explore his creative process, relationships and culture.

On Thursday, Penguin Random House’s Gallery Books imprint announced the book, “J.J. Johnson Covers John Legend,” in partnership with Perfect Day Inc. The 32-page, handwritten columns from a two-year partnership with Johnson will launch January 2.

John Legend Covers John Legend Credit: Courtesy Perfect Day Inc.

“J.J. Johnson is one of my favorite writers,” Legend said in a press release. “He’s incredibly thoughtful and honest about his culture and relationships. His work truly represents the way that I see the world, and I think his passion for his craft and his love of storytelling will help so many people better understand the world they live in.”

Legend has previously written published lyrics, songs and essays and made frequent TV appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

In the first column, Legend discusses his songwriting process while on a trip to Oregon. Later in the collection, he explores the creative inspiration that led to his songs “All of Me” and “Love Me Now.”

Legend suggested someone write his biography. Credit: Courtesy Gallery Books

In one piece, Johnson discusses the importance of trust while writing the third verse of “All of Me,” the singer’s debut single from his second album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

He notes in the column: “I was in a truly uncomfortable space, but if I turned off my imagination, why would a million stories exist in my head? I immediately had to write something and nothing else was going to cut it.”

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