EXCLUSIVE: John Legend is behind a music special, which is in series consideration at Showtime. The nine-time Grammy Award winner hosts and executive produces the project, which had a private taping recently at the historic EastWest Studios in Los Angeles. The untitled show features top artists from different genres who discuss their careers and perform an original musical collaboration before live studio audience. The first taping, directed by Jesse Dylan (Kicking & Screaming), son of music icon Bob Dylan, included a live performance from country star Faith Hill singing her new single “You’re The One Whose Waiting”, which was co-written by Legend, and a solo performance by rapper B.o.B of the single “Ghost in the Machine.” The show wrapped with a live rendition of “Son of a Preacher Man” with Legend on piano, Hill on lead vocals, and an original rap written and performed by B.o.B. Producers are already working on a second installment of the program, eyed to shoot before next week’s Grammy Awards. Executive producing with Legend are his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson; Mike Tolin of Tolin Prods.; RD Robb and Tom Carter of Station3; and Priscilla Cohen of Wondros.
Photo by Jordin Althaus.