If You're Out There
|"If You're Out There"|
|Single by John Legend|
|from the album Evolver|
|Released||August 24, 2008|
|Recorded||2008 Legacy Studios, SARM UK and Los Angeles and Capitol Studios|
|Producer(s)||Trevor Horn, Devo Springsteen, co-produced by Marcus John Bryant|
|John Legend singles chronology|
"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. 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.
Democratic National Convention
2008 Latin Grammy Awards
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
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.
|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|
- iTunes viewable content
- Barack Obama | Change We Need | John Legend, barackobama.com
- Legend debuting song at Democratic convention, reuters.com
- Grammy Winning Recording Artist John Legend Scheduled to Premiere 'If You're Out There,' an Anthemic Call-to-Action for Our Times, During Historic Performance Opening the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, August 25, earthtimes.org
- Legend, Juanes to perform at halftime of All-Star Game, January 27, 2009