Springfield’s John Legend releases new single inspired by ‘Underground’

John Legend performs on stage during a concert following the ribbon cutting for the new John Legend Theater. Bill Lackey/Staff
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John Legend performs on stage during a concert following the ribbon cutting for the new John Legend Theater. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield native John Legend released a new single “In America” this week.

The single was written during the production of Legend's latest album, "Darkness and Light" but didn't make the final cut.

The song was then re-purposed to be used alongside the critically acclaimed television show “Underground.”

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In an interview with billboard Magazine, Legend noted that the song highlights the highs and lows of living in America.

“‘In America’ was the perfect song for ‘Underground,’ a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible,” Legend said.

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“Underground” tells the story of a group of slaves from a Georgia plantation who plan a 600-mile escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad. The show features a cast including Christopher Meloni, Mykelti Williamson and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, sister of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

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“In America” is available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as on the digital music streaming site Spotify.

Underground airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on WGN America.

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