Meeting the Legend.

A little thing about me: I love R&B (the nasty kind). There are lots of great R&B artists like D’angelo, R Kelly, and Usher but none of them come close to my idol John Legend.

John Legend performing at Georgia State University

I admittedly have a major man crush on John Legend. I’m quite jealous of how debonair he is and how he just oozes confidence and charm. Legend’s style of R&B is sultry but manages to keep itself sophisticated & classy. This man is the epitome of class.

When I found out John Legend was coming to Georgia State as a guest speaker and performing tears welled up in my eyes out of pure excitement from the news. I immediately alerted a few friends and cleared my calendar for that day (I was not going to miss this for anything).

Once we arrived at GSU I ran into my friends (who collectively run the Chasingsquirrelz crew; A bunch of great young professionals that make up of photographers, film makers, graphic artists, and nerds). We all got in line and anxiously waited for the doors to open. At that point I was incredibly anxious. When the doors opened I think I wet my pants a little.

Once inside and introductions are over John Legend took the stage. He started off the show by explaining his new campaign he has taken apart of; the “Show Me Campaign.” In a nutshell the campaign is to help enrich the lives of people living in poverty by giving them opportunities to succeed. You can read more about it here.

John Legend explaining the details of the “Show Me Campaign.” A campaign set out to help young people change the world.

Then came the part we were all waiting for. John Legend slowly walked toward the piano and the audience got louder and louder as he neared it. It was time!

My husband doing his thang.

Hearing him perform live was amazing. His skills on the piano and smooth voice had me swooning the entire time. He really played to the crowd and encouraged audience participation. After the show concluded the meet & greet session began. I briefly had the chance to talk to him and shook his hand (I don’t really remember what I said since I was so nervous. Probably just incoherent babble). For the remainder of that MONTH I was buzzing about it. One of the biggest highlights of the year for me 🙂

John Legend and I. I was aroused.

I want to give a BIG thanks to the guys at Chasing Squirrelz for the photos and video! These guys create some amazing stuff. Check out their website and twitter.

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Some concerts I’m looking out for in 2012~

A few concerts coming in the next few months that I’ll most likely be attending…

JIMI CRAVITY – VINYL / Feb 2, 2012 (tickets)

  • Great band I’ve come to know through a college friend (She is a guitarist and supporting vocalist in the band). I really enjoy watching them live and they have an incredible energy that they just can’t seem to replicate on the album.

John Legend – Georgia State University / February 20, 2012 (Free event!)

  • This guy. I freakin’ love everything John Legend does. One of the most debonair and suave dudes on the planet & one of the best R&B artists ever. I can’t say enough good things about Mr. Legend. If you don’t know him yet do yourself a favor and google him up.
  • The song “Ordinary People” got me hooked and I haven’t stopped listening since. His play on words, vivid imagination, and sexuality show through his witty lyrics and smooth voice. Oh, he also plays piano. Enough said.

Childish Gambino – Tabernackle / March 16, 2012 (tickets) — I just tried to buy some tickets and I think they are sold out. NO!!!

  • I recently found out about Donald Glover through some friends. I cannot believe I’ve overlooked him for this long. His play-on-words and intelligent lyrics put him high above many other rappers in my book.

Kina Grannis – Variety Playhouse / April 17, 2012 (tickets)

  • I have a really strange/creepy devotion to this woman. SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Peyroux –Variety PlayhouseMay 18, 2012 (tickets)

  • An Athens, Ga native! I have this tendency to show off my “Jazz knowledge” by naming songs or artists whenever we go out to places. For the longest time Madeleine Peyroux has always confused me with Billie Holiday. She sounds EXACTLY like her (I only realize it was Madeleine since I always double check my assumptions using the Shazam app)
  • I’ve been looking forward to see some great Jazz performances in 2012 and Madeleine is definitely one on my list. Her voice is so bizarrely unique and astonishing that I can’t pass this up.

-Jimbo