Multi-platinum Grammy-Award-winning recording artist and acclaimed performer John Legend will embark on an extensive worldwide concert tour kicking off November 19 in Minneapolis. The first leg of John's North American tour wraps up December 13 with a second leg running from January 12 through February 9. The upcoming John Legend concerts mark the artist's first major tour since his massively successful world tour in 2007 (captured on Live From Philadelphia CD and DVD). John's special guest on the tour's initial dates is his Columbia Records' label mate Raphael Saadiq, who will be performing songs from his just-released new album, The Way I See It.
One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2008, EVOLVER is John Legend's first full-length studio album in two years and will be released October 28. Guests on EVOLVER include OutKast's Andre 3000, emerging hip-hop/soul ingenue Estelle, R&B/pop superstar Brandy and John's longtime collaborator Kanye West.Songs on EVOLVER include the single "Green Light" (featuring ANDRE 3000), "It's Over" (featuring Kanye West), "Everybody Knows," "No Other Love" (featuring Estelle), "Satisfaction," "This Time," "Cross The Line," "I Love, You Love," "Good Morning," "If You're Out There," and "Quickly" (featuring Brandy).
In December 2004, John Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and became America's #1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop album in January 2005. A critical and commercial triumph, Get Lifted earned John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- while selling more than three million copies worldwide.John's second collection, Once Again, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #3 shortly after its release in October 2006, peaking at #1 on the R&B Album Sales chart, earning an RIAA platinum certification while securing two Grammy nominations: "Save Room" (for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and "Heaven" (which won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance).
John racked up his fifth overall career Grammy win in 2006 when "Family Affair" -- a track he'd cut with Joss Stone and Van Hunt for Different Strokes by Different Folks, a Sly & the Family Stone tribute album (Epic/Legacy) -- took home top honors in the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category.
In 2007, John Legend launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), a grassroots movement whose mission is "to fight economic and spiritual poverty through fostering sustainable development (personal, social, educational, economic) at the individual, family, and
small community levels."
John Legend - 2008 Tour Dates
Wed 11/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
Thu 11/20 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Mon 11/24 - E. Lansing, MI @ Wharton Center For Performing Arts
Wed 11/26 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Fri 11/28 - Toronto, Ont. @ Roy Thompson Hall
Sat 11/29 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Mon 12/1 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Tue 12/2 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Fri 12/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
Mon 12/8 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre
Tue 12/9 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
Wed 12/10 - Greenville, SC @ Peace Center
Fri 12/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
Sat 12/13 Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center