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Jun 10, 2014

Tue 8:00 PM

68 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

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  • John Legend

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Nine-time Grammy Award winning artist John Legend makes his Warner Theatre debut with a brand-new live show. The All of Me Tour features Legend in an intimate, acoustic, and stripped-down setting, highlighted by guitar/vocal accompaniment and a string quartet. A singer-songwriter, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, John Legend has revealed many personas during his prolific career. The All of Me Tour features Legend at his best—creating an immersive experience about romance, love, hope, commitment and optimism.

To quote music industry pioneer Quincy Jones, John Legend is simply “a genius.” Writing about Legend for Time’s 2009 tally of the 100 most influential people, Jones noted, “We’ve seen only the tip of the iceberg. For what he has already achieved in his career, it is going to be fun watching where he goes from here.” The fun begins now. Legend, one of the industry’s most innovative artists, returns after five years with his much-anticipated fourth solo album, Love in the Future (G.O.O.D/Columbia).  Enhancing the experience: a rich, melodic soundscape--accented by compelling interludes--that fully integrates the musician’s gospel and pop influences, classical training and unerring hip-hop/soul sensibilities.

Love in the Future is a celebration and meditation on love,” says Legend. “I was envisioning what a modern soul album should sound like; wanting to create something compelling. Even in these single-driven days, I still want to reinforce the idea of listening to an album as a whole piece of work.”

Legend first whet fans’ appetites with the album’s lead single, “Who Do We Think We Are” featuring Rick Ross. Its soulful grit and live-life-to-the-fullest theme shot the track to the top of the R&B/hip-hop charts. Now second single “Made to Love,“ is repeating the same trajectory. A progressive blend of soul, classical and ‘80s/’90s Chicago house music, the song is complemented by the ethereal vocals of singer/songwriter Kimbra. The track, co-produced by Kanye West, is also featured in Chevrolet’s current Impala ad campaign.

From start to finish, Love in the Future pulsates with a stripped-down urgency that perfectly showcases Legend’s skills as a musician, lyricist and vocalist. The supple tenor sets the mood with an engaging cover of Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes,” then sings about seizing the moment on the Q-Tip collaboration “Tomorrow.” Legend conjures ‘70s Stevie Wonder with the synth-infused “Hold on Longer.” Then the impending groom discourses on the subject of love with the penetrating “You and I” and “All of Me.” Worthy enough to stand on its own as a full track is Legend’s mesmerizing interstitial take on Anita Baker’s “Angel” with newcomer Stacy Barthe.

“As an artist, you don’t want to entirely go back to where you started,” says Legend. “While this album is polished, it still reminds me of the gritty hip-hop soul I did when I first started. I loved working with my core team but also mixing in these fresh collaborations. While it has the feel of my first two albums, Love in the Future takes that sound forward.”

On behalf of Love in the Future, Legend says, “Anyone who knows me knows that I have an optimistic outlook on life. And you can hear that in the tone of the album’s tracks. I live and breathe music.”

 ON SALE INFO:

All tickets will be sold through the Warner Theatre's Box Office
Warner Theatre Box Office Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm (closed Sun. & Mon.)
www.warnertheatre.org
Phone: (860) 489-7180
Ticket Prices: $46.50, $66.50, $96.50

Performer Info

John Legend: Not only has nine time Grammy Award-winner John Legend achieved astounding solo success, he's also responsible for hits by some of the biggest names in rap, hip hop, and R&B. He is known for his old school approach to R&B, which showcases his velvety vocals and melodic beats. John Legend's tour dates have become popular amongst jazz and R&B fans, and also attract a wider audience of music lovers.

While attending the University of Pennsylvania, John Legend was the president of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts, which began to cultivate John's personal sound. Also while attending college, he was introduced to Lauryn Hill who asked him to play piano on a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, titled "Everything is Everything".

In 2001, John Legend was introduced to a record producer that was trying to become a solo artist by the name of Kanye West, and John began singing backup vocals for him. He was eventually signed to West's GOOD Music label in 2003 and began singing backup for artists like Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, in the studio and on tour dates. It was at this time that John Stephens adopted the stage name "Legend," born from a reference to John's classic style by poet J. Ivy. John Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, was released in late 2004 and was instantly a success. It debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 and the single "Ordinary People" shot to #1 on the singles charts.

John Legend's follow-up album, Once Again, was released in 2006 with some production assistance from Kanye West and Will.I.Am. The album nearly achieved the same success as his previous one, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, eventually going platinum. Bolstered by the success of the previous two albums, Legend attempted to experiment with the range of styles without straying too far from his signature style. The result was the 2008 album, Evolver, which has become one of the most popular among John Legend's fans. In 2010, John conceived another musical undertaking when he recorded a collaboration album, Wake Up!, with The Roots, who shared Legend's interest in a classic R&B style.

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