John Legend on Daddy Duties and Helping Make the World a Better Place for Daughter Luna

08/27/2016 at 03:45 PM ET

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John Legend is using his platform to do good — so daughter Luna can grow up in a better world.

The “Start” singer tells PEOPLE in New York City Saturday — ahead of the launch of his Belvedere(RED) campaign — that he’s “always wanted to give back but [being a father] just gives you even more reason to want the world to be a better place because you want the world to be better for your kids than it was for you.”

He continues, “I think it’s been great for me but if we can make it even better for Luna that’d be great.”

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Belvedere contributes 50 percent of its profits from Legend’s special edition (RED) bottles — featuring special artwork by South African artist Esther Mahlangu — to the Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Of fatherhood, Legend, 37, says, “It’s just so much love, you feel that connection with your wife and with your daughter, and I think it’s a powerful thing to start building a family.”

“And I love that feeling,” he says.

Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, 30, welcomed Luna, their first child, in April.

Since then, he’s focused on mastering his daddy skills. High points? Diaper changing, burping, and, he says, “I can do a good bottle feeding.”

The singer and Teigen have also somewhat narrowed down their parenting roles.

Sunday morning with my LuLu

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“I think I’m probably in general more a laid back person than Chrissy,” he tells PEOPLE. “I think we’ll both be good cop and bad cop at times, depending on the subject matter.”

And at almost 5 months old, Luna already has a little personality. Legend says his daughter is “very sweet.”

“She seems to be able to handle a lot of different environments because she’s traveled a lot with us already,” he shares. “We’ve been to Italy, and to France and New York, and Mexico with her, and so she’s traveled quite a lot with us already. She’s been able to handle all that so hopefully we’re getting her prepared for the kind of life we live.”

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When the family of three is at their new home in L.A., though, Luna had quite the setup. Her nursery, he says, has some totally unique decor: four painting’s of the couple’s dogs.

“Also, there’s eight other ones of pitbulls,” he says. “This woman Sophie Gamand she does these paintings that soften the image of pitbulls because they have such an association of violence and mayhem attached to their breed. So her whole mission is to help them find homes and to kind of feminize them.”

Legend concludes, “So that’s the coolest part of her nursery.”

And it’s there that the singer serenades his baby with little jingles, which he insists are “terrible.”

There will be a special song for Luna on Legend’s new album, though, he says, teasing only that it’s coming soon.

— Lindsay Kimble

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thanatote on

“four painting’s?” Why the apostrophe???
Sorry Mr. Stevens (not legend) but you don’t make the world better by selling vodka. Good grief. If you want to give to good causes, GIVE MONEY TO GOOD CAUSES and GIVE TIME to good causes, and live frugally and help children without food or water or medical care or clothing or shelter … help adults without those things. Help clean up rivers or land or the air. Don’t sell vodka!!! How sickening. Cute baby (and great name), but I mean, really.

Bebe on

Four painting’s.
It is time to either get an editor or fire Kimble. This is just ridiculous.

Stephanie on

for starters, maybe he should stop pimping out his baby. Yes people, every time you see a picture of his adorable Luna somewhere, he and his wife receive some extra cash. Gross!!!!