John Legend closed out the second night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday (August 18) with a rousing performance of his uplifting ballad “Never Break,” from his recently-released album, Bigger Love.
Sitting at a grand piano alone inside of an empty theater, Legend, who was dressed in a white suit with a black dress shirt, delivered a passionate rendition of the song while an ensemble of backup singers gradually filled in behind him. Unifying their voices, they painted a message of resilience and perseverance in spite of troubling times.
“We will never break / We will never break / Built on a foundation / Strong enough to stay / We will never break,” the 41-year-old powerfully belted in the chorus. “As the water rises / And the mountains shake / Our love will remain.”
“Thanks to the @DemConvention for asking me to close out a powerful night with my new song #NeverBreak,” he wrote on Twitter. “The song is about love, hope and resilience, and I think we could all use some of that right now.”
John Legend’s performance capped off the second night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which started on Monday (August 17) and will conclude on Thursday (August 20). The night was earmarked by Joe Biden being officially nominated as the Democratic candidate for the upcoming 2020 presidential election on November 3.
Previously, Maggie Rogers and Leon Bridges kicked off the convention’s opening on Monday night where Billy Porter and Stephen Stills also performed Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” Billie Eilish, The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks), Common and Jennifer Hudson are slated to perform throughout the four-day event. You can check out the full schedule here.
Watch John Legend’s performance of “Never Break” below.
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