John Legend's pungent brand of R&B/soul stood out in the bling rap – dominated musical climate of the early 2000s. His 2004 G.O.O.D. Music debut, Get Lifted, yielded the internationally charting ballad “Ordinary People” and catapulted the Ohio native to global stardom. In 2007, the nine-time Grammy winner and staunch supporter of U.S. educational reform founded the Show Me Campaign, an initiative dedicated to “breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that provide every child with a quality education.” Legend describes his latest Grammy-nominated release, Love in the Future, as “a meditation on and celebration of love.” Lauded for his stellar ivory-tickling abilities and emotive live performances, he'll play this intimate engagement backed only by supporting vocalists, a guitarist and a string quartet.
Wed., March 26, 8 p.m., 2014
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