In the poignant “Love Me Now” video, John Legend showcases resiliency at four locations around the world: the memorial at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, North Dakota’s Standing Rock Reservation, the Domiz Refugee Camp in Northern Iraq and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
Director Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj) interjects clips of Legend crooning the emotional lyrics to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and daughter. “I don’t know who’s gonna kiss you when I’m gone,” the singer belts over percussion and piano. “So I’m gonna love you now, like it’s all I have.”
Legend debuted “Love Me Now” in October, teasing his upcoming fifth studio album, Darkness and Light, out December 2nd. Last week, the singer revealed personal details about the LP, which features a track, “Right By You (for Luna),” named after his daughter.
“Darkness and Light is John Legend’s manifesto,” producer Blake Mills said in a statement. “Following the tradition of soul/R&B music that celebrates love and challenges indecency, Darkness and Light digs into John’s long-standing devotion to social justice, the challenges and rewards of a marriage constantly in the public eye and the recent birth of his first child, Luna. This record goes against the grain, boldly reminding us that though darkness is abound, it is the light that will ultimately push us forward.”
Darkness and Light, which follows 2013’s Love in the Future, features guest spots from Chance the Rapper, Miguel, Kamasi Washington and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.