If You're Out There

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"If You're Out There"
Single by John Legend
from the album Evolver
Released August 24, 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Soul, Gospel
Length 4:20
Label Sony Music
Writer(s) John Stephens
Producer(s) Trevor Horn, Devo Springsteen, co-produced by Marcus John Bryant
John Legend singles chronology
"Green Light"
(2008)
"If You're Out There"
(2008)
"Magnificent"
(2009)

"If You're Out There" is the second single from John Legend's album, Evolver, which features the Agape Choir. The song was released digitally on August 24, 2008. It was inspired by Barack Obama's Presidential campaign and was later posted as a free download on Obama's website.[1][2] The song also alludes to Gandhi's quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world," with the lines "We don't have to wait for destiny / we should / be the change that we / want to see.

Performances[edit]

Democratic National Convention[edit]

Legend performs "If You're Out There" during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

The song was performed live during the Democratic National Convention in Denver on August 25, 2008.[3] The performance featured the Agape International Choir.[4]

2008 Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

John Legend appeared to perform the song in duet with Colombian rock singer Juanes during the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on November 13, 2008. The version they performed was sung mostly in Spanish by both singers, with only a few lines in English.

2009 NBA All-Star Game[edit]

John Legend appeared at halftime of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game and performed the song. Lyrics were alternated between English and Spanish, with the Spanish portions sung by Juanes. The song has been used in "NBA Cares" PSAs which encourage community service.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 10
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 17
UK Singles Chart 135
Dutch Singles Chart 41

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