(HipHopWired.com) The Roots and John Legend are teaming up for a collaboration album remaking soul and R&B classics entitled Wake Up.
The project will feature their updated renditions of songs from such artists as Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes,
John Legend told Rolling Stone,
“Everything is certainly inspired by the original but we took our own creative license with it.”
Making every effort to make their versions not sound exactly like the originals but stand out on their own, The Roots’ ?uestlove added,
“I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realize that these are cover songs (at all).”
Wake Up is expected to be released this summer.