John Legend got a little help from his family on his latest holiday song.
The EGOT-winning musician released a cover of “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” this week as an Amazon Original song for the holidays, and the track features additional vocals from his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and daughter, Luna.
“Recording this song was such an inspiration, and I got to include my wife and my daughter in the process. We all came together to sing a beautiful song that needs to be heard, and I’m thrilled for my fans to be able to hear it on Amazon Music,” Legend said of his latest song. “In their original version, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were speaking to that desire for peace, and I think it’s a good message for us right now.”
At the beginning of the track, Legend whispers, “Happy Christmas, Luna,” before Teigen whispers, “Happy Christmas, Miles” and Luna follows them up with, “Happy Christmas, Daddy and Mommy!”
You can listen to the song on Amazon Music here. Legend released the song exclusively on Amazon Music as the streaming service runs a can’t-miss deal, where new users can get unlimited streaming access to over 50 million songs for just $.99 for four months.
“Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” was originally released in 1971 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Plastic Ono Band), who recorded the song with the Harlem Community Choir.
This isn’t the first John Legend holiday song to make headlines in recent weeks. The coach on “The Voice” recently recorded an updated version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which featured lyrics that Legend altered with “Insecure” star Natasha Rothwell to make them more appropriate for the #MeToo era. He recorded the song as a duet with co-star Kelly Clarkson.
“I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)/ I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride),” the new lyrics go. “This evening has been (so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (time spent with you is paradise)/ My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car and tell ‘em to hurry).”
Order John Legend’s holiday album, “A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition,” here.
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