SoulCulture UK Exclusive: John Legend and The Roots perform ‘Shine’ live in the studio.

Penned by Legend, ‘Shine’ is the sole original composition from his forthcoming collaborative album with The Roots, titled Wake Up!, which features soulful music from the ’60s and ’70s with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and consciousness.

“Shine” also features in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman, which examines the US public school system.

The song was “completely inspired from seeing the film and seeing the stories of the children in the film,” Legend told USA Today earlier this year, “because it follows these kids who have potential, have a certain desire to do well.”

With Wake Up! due for release on September 21st Stateside and October 18th in the UK, you can currently pre-order the album on Amazon or iTunes.

Click here for the album tracklist and further information.

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