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John Legend to Perform at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 5/13
Downtown York's historic Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center will welcome Grammy award winning artist John Legend for an intimate and acoustic evening, highlighted by guitar and vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet, on May 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be a part of Legend's All of Me Tour which comes in support of his highly acclaimed fourth studio album Love In the Future.
"We're thrilled to announce that this international star is coming to the Strand-Capitol," said Ken Wesler, President/CEO of the Strand-Capitol. "The fact that such a well-known artist has selected York to be a part of his national tour is big news for our community."
Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer and songwriter. He's sold an impressive seven million albums worldwide. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track "Everything Is Everything," and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music. Legend started gaining momentum through a series of similar collaborations with established artists including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, released in December of 2004, spawned the artist's first hit single, "Ordinary People," and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006's platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single "Heaven," and included collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq. Legend's next release was 2008's Evolver, led by the hit single "Green Light" featuring Andre 3000. Legend's most recent effort was his 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, which won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later.