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Amazon Music Releases John Legend Cover of “Merry Christmas”

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Amazon Music has announced that multi-platinum singer-songwriter, John Legend has released a version of ‘Happy Christmas (War Is Over),’ originally released in 1971 by John Lennon.

Produced by Raphael Saadiq, with additional vocals by Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna, “Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (Amazon Original)” is out now, available to stream and purchase exclusively on Amazon Music.

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 non-profit organisation 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.”

“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.

Holiday music is quickly charting on Amazon Music, with the Holiday Favorited station already hitting #1, and 2019 voice requests for holiday music on Alexa 70% higher than last year’s rate. In addition to “Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (Amazon Original),” hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres are available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

To date, Amazon Music has worked with an incredible range of artists, including recent new Amazon Original holiday songs by Ellie Goulding, Ingrid Michaelson & Jason Mraz, as well as past songs from Katy Perry, Beck, Jack White, The National, Al Green, Sia, Brett Young, Snoop Dogg, King Calaway, J.S. Ondara, Ruston Kelly, producer Matt Ross-Spang and more. Legend’s new holiday song is now available on all Amazon Music streaming tiers, including Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, and on Amazon Music HD, in the highest quality streaming audio available.