American Express announced today that music sensations Jennifer Hudson, Common, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, and CL Smooth will join John Legend &The Roots as special guests from Terminal 5 in New York City on September 23rd for the â€œUnstaged: An Original Series from American Expressâ€ live-stream concert, directed by filmmaker Spike Lee (Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing). The performance will be live-streamed Thursday, September 23 at 9:00PM/ET at www.youtube.com/johnlegendvevo and coincides with the highly anticipated collaborative album release, Wake Up!, from Legend & The Roots, which is available now.
The show represents the second installment of American Expressâ€™ â€œUnstagedâ€ program, which launched in July, and is the latest offering from American Express in partnership with VEVO, the leading online premium music video and entertainment service, and YouTube, to feature five live-stream concerts with some of todayâ€™s most talented musicians and directors over the course of the year.
Bringing both the in-concert and at-home viewing experiences to entirely new heights, â€œUnstaged: An Original Series from American Expressâ€ features some of the music industryâ€™s most breakthrough artists playing at landmark venues across the country, while tapping some of todayâ€™s most influential filmmakers to direct the live-streams and using digital and social media to connect the online audience to the live shows in unexpected ways.
American Express Â® Cardmembers and music enthusiasts can digitally connect to these live music experiences:
o Choose Your Cam: The audience can control their viewing experience throughout the concert by switching between Spike Leeâ€™s main â€œdirector streamâ€ and a second camera stream capturing alternative angles of the performance;
o Vote for the â€œUncovered Songâ€: Online viewers can impact one performance of the night through real-time voting, choosing between a set of retrospective songs that werenâ€™t covered on Wake Up!;
o On-line Pre Show: To raise anticipation around the performance, viewers who tune in early to the live-stream can watch a special segment with John Legend & The Roots directed by Spike Lee; and
o Tweet The Band: Further connecting the audience to the artists, fans can send questions to John Legend & The Roots through a special Twitter hashtag, #amexjohnlegend, for a chance to have them answered in an exclusive video segment during the Pre Show.
Cardmembers and music fans will have the opportunity to take a step towards making a difference in the world through Members Project Â® from American Express and John Legendâ€™s non-profit organization, the Show Me Campaign. Participants can log on to Members Project Â® from American Express where they can learn more about the program and the different ways to get involved, such as volunteering at a local organization, voting for charities to receive funding from American Express, and sharing unique content with friends.
TUNE IN TO www.youtube.com/johnlegendvevo ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 AT 9PM/ET
PRE-SHOW BEGINS AFTER 8:30PM/ET