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MasterClass Announces Global Superstar John Legend To Teach Songwriting Class
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MasterClass Announces Global Superstar John Legend To Teach Songwriting Class

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SAN FRANCISCO (CelebrityAccess) – MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, announced Thursday (August 25) that John Legend will teach a class on songwriting. In his class, Legend will break down his songwriting process from start to finish, giving members a framework and teaching them to write with purpose. Legend will also give members a firsthand look into the creation of his song “Free,” which he first performed at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in April.

“John’s ability to craft songs that resonate in both intimate moments and timely movements makes him one of the most accomplished songwriters of the time,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In his class, he brings members into his songwriting process, teaching them how to use their own experiences to write songs that have the ability to change the world.”

Legend teaches members how to capture experiences, convey feelings and inspire a movement through music. Using his hit songs “All of Me,” “Again” and “Dope” as case studies, he shares how he uses mumble tracks to write melodies and how he structures songs to tell a story. Whether members want to write about intimate moments or start a movement, Legend will help them turn their personal experiences into unique songs.

Legend provides a behind-the-scenes look into his writing process for the Oscar-winning song “Glory” for the film Selma. He also walks members through the importance of being a strong collaborator, as well as how to blend genres and record background vocals.

After taking members through the creation of “Free,” Legend ends the class with a powerful performance of the song with a gospel choir. Members will come away with a framework for creating songs that capture personal moments and speak to timely events to inspire action.

“Songs are core to who we are and are such an important part of humanity,” Legend said. “My class will give you the tools to find your voice, figure out who you are and establish yourself with longevity so you can make a real impact through music.”

Multi-platinum artist John Legend is the first Black man to earn an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). He has released seven albums; his eighth studio album, Legend, will be released September 9. Currently on the second leg of his critically acclaimed Las Vegas residency, Legend will also return to NBC’s popular singing competition The Voice, where he has served as a coach since 2019.

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