John Legend has always been an artist who takes pride in creating music that speaks directly to the current social climate, specifically as it relates to people of color, and he’s done so yet again with his latest release.

In addition to the continued success he’s seen as an entertainer, The 2017 ESSENCE Festival performer has established himself behind the scenes in the world of film and television. His most recent venture as executive producer of the riveting WGN series Underground, has also allowed the husband and new father to give his music an even more elevated platform.

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When season 2 of the series kicked off in early March, viewers got to hear an original song from John titled “In America,” which played during the premiere episode. The song has since been made available for download. Check out a snipped of “In America” via John’s Instagram, below.

Be sure to grab your tickets to see John Legend light up the stage, alongside more of the biggest names in music, at the 2017 ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans this July.