By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
With Grammy wins comes more gigs and John Legend is reaping all the benefits. Legend has recently been in the studio working on upcoming projects with Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and even Aretha Franklin.
"It’s different for her – a party song called `Turn It Up.’ It’s kind of soulful and funky," Legend told the L.A. Daily News about his song with Franklin. "I do a little cameo in there, but it’s really her song."
He’s also working non-stop with Estelle, the first artist on his recently launched label, Home School. But the most important thing he’s gearing up for is his recently announced spring tour.
"We’ve got some cool new things we’re doing – new arrangements, unexpected covers,” Legend said about the show. “We’re bringing in some hip-hop, some classic soul and classic rock. We’ve elevated the production on every level for this tour, musically and visually – but it’s still going to be about the music. I never want to turn it into a high-tech show. What people appreciate about me is that there is an organic feel about the music."
Here are the tour dates:
04/03/07 Irvine, CA Bren Events Center
04/04/07 San Diego, CA Bayside
04/06/07 Universal City, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk
04/07/07 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
04/10/07 Denver, CO Colorado Convention Center
04/12/07 Minneapolis, MN The Orpheum Theatre
04/13/07 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
04/14/07 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
04/16/07 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
04/17/07 Toronto, ON Hummingbird Centre For Perf. Arts
04/19/07 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
04/20/07 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
04/22/07 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
04/23/07 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden
04/25/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
04/26/07 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
04/28/07 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
04/29/07 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall Theatre
05/01/07 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
05/02/07 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino
05/04/07 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre