The song appears in the recently released documentary We dare to dreamthat he was executive producer alongside Angelina Jolie
John Legend is wide awake and dreaming about his latest single “Don’t Need to Sleep.” The song appears in the recently released documentary by Waad Al-Kateab We dare to dream, now streaming on Peacock, which the musician produced alongside Angelina Jolie.
“But tonight/I don’t need to close my eyes/I don’t need to fall asleep/I don’t need to sleep to dream, no, I don’t,” Legend sings on the record, co-written with Justin. Tranter and producer Oak Felder. “Bent but not broken/Shattered but not desperate/The eyes are wide open, I know that/I don’t need to sleep to dream.”
We dare to dream is an original documentary that tells the story of refugee athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan and Cameroon. “Spanning a variety of backgrounds, personal stories and Olympic sports, the film reveals their lives and hopes as they train to compete on the world stage, showing the fire and motivation of young people forced to leave their families, homes and countries of birth. build new lives from nothing”, says the film’s synopsis.
The film follows the players until a pivotal moment in which they reach the Summer Olympics. “Their compatriots at home and their new communities in refugee camps watch as these determined young athletes fight for their place in the world,” the description continues. “This is the story of their hearts in the face of adversity and, most of all, of hope for a better life.”
“Don't Need to Sleep” marks Legend's first release since the release of his 2022 album, Legend. Earlier this year, he appeared on collaborative releases and features with Niall Horan and Rufus Wainwright.