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Interview:
Relationships Fuel John Legend's Music
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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John Legend is expected to release his fourth album some time this year. And it’s a safe bet that the six-time Grammy Award winner will have a few songs about relationships on it.

“Yeah, my sweet spot, I think is when I’m talking about relationships and love and falling in and out of love and the pain and the joy that’s associated with that,” acknowledges Legend, 31, a Springfield, Ohio, native who was born John Stephens and was a protégé of Kanye West before going solo with 2004’s “Get Lifted.”

“I feel like the subject is so universal that it makes it easier to translate to the masses. I think it’s something we all know about and it’s easy for someone to relate to. I’ve usually done one or two socially conscious songs for each album, but just being in the soul music tradition, it’s got the comfort of familiarity ’cause it seems like soul songs were meant to be written about relationships.”

It certainly worked on Legend’s most recent album, 2008’s “Evolver,” which has been certified gold and spawned the hit “Everybody Knows.” Legend also had a co-starring role in the film “Soul Men” shortly after “Evolver” was released, but he says there will be more music than movies from him in the future.

“When the time is right and the situation is right, I’ll do something,” he explains, “but I didn’t really get into music so I could be an actor. I really got into music ‘cause I love doing music, and so my main focus right now is still doing music.”



John Legend performs at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 25) at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $17-38, with $150 VIP packages that include a meet and greet. Call 313-576-5111 or visit www.detroitsymphony.com.



Web Site: www.detroitsymphony.com

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