The countdown to Christmas is on, and John Legend is in full holiday mode! The soulful singer recently released his brand new holiday album, A Legendary Christmas, and to celebrate, he also guest DJ'd his own holiday station on iHeartRadio ... and it will put you into the holly jolly spirit (if you're not there already).
A Legendary Christmas is Legend's first Christmas album, and showcases 14 songs, eight of which are classic Christmas tracks, while the remaining six are original songs. The new album also includes guest appearances from Esperanza Spalding, and another legend, Stevie Wonder.
On John Legend's Guest DJ station on iHeartRadio, fans can hear songs from A Legendary Christmas, as well as some of John's classic holiday favorites from other artists including Dean Martin, The Temptations, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, and of course, Mariah Carey.
Legend also opened up about about what his favorite Christmas songs mean to him. Read on below.
Nat King Cole - "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful"
"Nat King Cole is one of my inspirations, he's one of my favorite singers of all time. I've listened to him so much and when I made my Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas, he was one of the artists that I thought of the most; he inspired me."
Marvin Gaye - "Purple Snowflakes"
"A lot of people hadn't heard of that song, but I decided to cover that song for my new album because it's so cool and I love Marvin Gaye."
Ella Fitzgerald - "Sleigh Ride"
"I used to sing 'Sleigh Ride' in Show Choir when I was in high school. Somebody just sent me a picture of me in Show Choir. I'm going try not to let that get circulated too much."
Stevie Wonder - "Someday at Christmas"
"This song is really special because as we take the time to reflect on how blessed we are for this Christmas season, we have to realize that there are a lot of people out there in the world that are still struggling and still suffering, and this song is really keeping our eye and our hearts on those people."
Get into the holiday spirit and listen to John Legend's Guest DJ holiday station on iHeartRadio!
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