Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend graces Borgata’s Event Center Saturday night.
Legend received a huge sonic assist from Philadelphia’s greatest contribution to the world of music in the last generation, the dynamic Roots. Common and Melanie Fiona also lent their talents to the project but the Roots helped turn the album into one of the finest projects of 2010.
“John is just one very gifted guy,” says the Roots’ Black Thought, who is featured on arguably the finest song on the disc, called “Little Ghetto Boy.”
“I think John is an original,” Black Thought (real name Tariq Trotter) says. “There’s just no one quite like him and it was just great to be part of his project. His studio work is tremendous.”
And then there is Legend live. He is a charismatic figure, whether he’s connecting with a handful of millionaire athletes in a cozy room or belting out songs to thousands of fans in a large theater.
“I know how lucky I am,” Legend says. “I get to do what I love and I particularly enjoy playing in front of these crowds. It’s always a thrill to go out there and perform.”
Expect Legend to continue performing and recording for years.
“I hope that’s so,” he says. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Where: Borgata Event Center, A.C.
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