Amazon Music today announced critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and EGOT winner, John Legend, has released a new version of “Happy Christmas (War Is Over),” a Christmas song originally released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir, as an Amazon Original for the holidays.
Produced by Raphael Saadiq, with additional vocals by Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna, “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” is out today, available to stream and purchase exclusively on Amazon Music. You can watch John Legend discuss his inspiration for recording “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” in the video below and listen to the song here.
Legend recently released an expanded version of his first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition. The album, executive produced by Raphael Saadiq, features new original recordings and holiday classics and is available here. A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy holiday special will also air on Thursday, December 12 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC where John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate the season of joy and laughter with music alongside the couple’s family and talented celebrity friends.
Legend says, “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. 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.”
Recorded at Blakeslee Studio in North Hollywood, CA, “Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (Amazon Original)” also includes harmonies from the children’s choir of The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality performing arts instruction to at-risk youth and help them build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility, and achieve academic success.
“Amazon Music is the biggest destination for holiday music, and we love working with artists from all genres to create unique, original recordings during the season for our customers. We saw a tremendous opportunity to work with John to bring a new take on this classic song to life, and the end result speaks for itself,” says Dan McCarroll, global head of Amazon Originals for Amazon Music. “We’re thrilled to kick off the holidays with such a wonderful song, exclusively for our customers.”