Canadian R&B/Soul singer Melanie Fiona closes her second studio album, The MF Life
, with this socially conscious track, which she recorded as a duet with John Legend. The pair wrote the song together and Fiona told The Boombox
about their collaboration: "We met just before we did 'Wake Up' for his album," she recalled. "When I got back to L.A., we wrote a few songs together, just to jam out, but this one made the album. I love that we were able to do 'Wake Up,' which was a socially conscious record for his album and do one for mine as well. John Legend is actually one of the most talented people that I have ever worked with. He can just get behind a piano and create. It's so organic for him so just being around that is an inspiration."