John Legend

*September is the month of progress for many artists, including the soothing singer John Legend. The legendary Roots have produced his new album, “Wake Up!” It features a collection of socially conscious songs of the 60s and 70s with a new, JL spin to ’em.

Fans can expect to hear the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and a little Mike James Kirkland.

Legend says the album was inspired by the 2008 presidential election, promoting change and activism. Other artists to be featured include Common and Melanie Fiona.

Look out for the singer at the BET Awards this Sunday, June 27. The album is scheduled to hit stores Sept. 21.