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John Legend Evolves
Amercian R&B Sensations Performs in Seoul Soon
By Benedict Pather
Staff Reporter
Legend performing in studio

After working with a string of other artists and adding a touch of magic to their records, John Legend had faced an uphill journey before releasing his debut album, Get lifted, which shot him into international fame. He has done background vocals with top players in the music industry with names such as Alicia Keys, Dialated Peoples, Lauren Hill and Kanye West all on the list. To date he has earned five grammy awards and hais organizational charity work make him a positive and engaged philanthropist

I first recognized the amazing talent of the Ohio born singer when I heard the first two hit singles "Used to love you" and "Ordinary People" from his multi-platinum selling album Get Lifted back in 2004. Immediately his compassionate lyrics and vocal ability struck a chord, convincing me that John Legend was destined to be one of the greatest names in music's history.

Often choosing to shy away from heavy media attention as he sees it as damaging to his career: "I don't think there's that strong of a correlation between tabloid coverage and album sales." Yet even with this attitude towards attention I think his audience has grown as people interested in genres other than R&B and Hip Hop still note and appreciate Legends soulful ability and rhythmic songs.

After releasing his second album Once Again it was clear that he is not afraid of experimenting with his sound and trying new angles. I thought the album had a much more romantic feel which was different from his debut album that had a flowing urban sense. As always songs about relationships and love are still favorite themes however on Legends latest offering, Evolver, there is a more up tempo mood especially with the songs "Everybody Knows" and the ready-to-go song "Green Light" featuring the talents of Hip Hop icons Andre 3000, Pharrel Williams, Brandy and Ne-Yo. This critically acclaimed album is receiving loads of radio airplay around the globe and is currently being toured by the man himself.

The pianist, singer/songwriter will perform at Olympic Hall in Seoul on the 29th of March as part of his world tour. The highly anticipated event is already hugely supported and is assured to amaze the audience and have people talking about it for a long time. For more information about John Legend and the tour he is currently on visit his official website at and to purchase tickets go to or call (02) 3141-3488.

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Mr. Benedict Pather is a South African Journalist and reporter for the Seoul Times. He mostly writes about events relating to Seoul's foreign communities. His hobbies include listening to music and travelling.






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