John Legend’s favorite track off his new album, Darkness and Light, was written for a very special lady: His seven-month-old daughter, Luna.
“When I played it for her and Chrissy for the first time, I just started crying because it felt so real to me and felt so appropriate for how I feel as a new father,” Legend said of the melancholy ballad titled “Right by You (For Luna).”
The Grammy-winning singer welcomed his first child with wife Chrissy Teigen in April.
In “Right by You” Legend ponders the kind of person his daughter will become.
“New parents have questions more than they have answers and that’s what we wanted the song to reflect,” Legend, 37, said in an interview last week. “You know, will you live like me? Will you look like me? Will you have your mother’s fire? Will you think like me?”
The Hollywood couple’s passionate love story permeates Legend’s fifth studio album, out Friday. It’s his first album in three years, following the massive success of the No. 1 hit, “All of Me,” and Oscar and Grammy wins for “Glory” from the film Selma.