Grammy-award-winning artist, John Legend, is set to release a new song this Friday, Feb. 15, based off of a passage from book of Matthew.
The artist shared a teaser video to his Instagram page last week, captioned, “#CantJustPreach,” hinting at the context of the song.
The video, narrated by Legend, says, “I grew up in the church and one of the things we talked about was loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.”
The Scripture Legend was referencing is Matthew 22:37-40, which reads:
“‘Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'”
The singer added: “My preacher told me that our neighbor wasn’t just the person that lives next door to you but other people whom you might not even know.”
Two days later, Legend shared another video to his Instagram feed, using the same caption, “#CantJustPreach.” The video features a soundbite from his new song.
“I can’t just sit and hope that, can’t just sit and pray that I can find a love when all I see is pain. Falling to my knees, and though I do believe, I can’t just preach baby, preach,” Legend sings.
According to Billboard, Legend performed “Preach” in June during the Families Belong Together rally in Los Angeles, protesting the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
CNN reporter Veronica Rocha tweeted about the event, writing, “Singer John Legend just sang his new song ‘Preach’ to protesters in Los Angeles. Before that, he said: ‘You can’t just talk about it or tweet about it. You’ve got to do something.'”
Singer John Legend just sang his new song "Preach" to protesters in Los Angeles. Before that, he said: "You can't just talk about it or tweet about it. You've got to do something." pic.twitter.com/xMvt3uOCfq
— Veronica Rocha (@VeronicaRochaLA) June 30, 2018
Now, Legend is finally releasing the song for fans everywhere.
You can look for “Preach” this Friday on your favorite streaming platform.