Nine-time Grammy Winner John Legend is to head the Cayman Islands Live Lounge event on Friday, 3 February. John Legend has become a living legend in neo-soul, producing five studio albums with hits such as Ordinary People, Used to Love You, and Green Light.
As an arena artist, John has shared the stage with such performers as Lauren Hill, Kanye West, and Sade. John Legend’s intimate, piano-man style makes him a regular on the music festival circuit.
“2011 was a wonderful year,” he tells us exclusively.
“I toured the North America with Sade, which was a beautiful experience.
And I spent the better part of the year working on my new album which will be out in 2012. Most of all, I’m grateful for the opportunity to do what I love to do.
“My mission on this new album is to help shape the future of soul music.
The question I asked myself when I started was ‘what does a 21st century soul album sound like?’ That’s what we’re trying to make.
It will certainly remind people of previous albums, but it’s new and improved.”
The writing process begins with chords, then melodies and lyrics, he says.
“Life inspires me. Conversations, relationships, other music, movies, art.
“I’m working with Kanye on my new album. I have lots of other guest appearances and co-writing that will be on other artists’ album in the coming year as well.”
Apart from music, John has begun to appear on the big and small screens and indeed appeared both on Sesame Street and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
“I loved it.
I was big fan of Sesame Street as a kid.
And I’m a huge fan of Larry David’s work including Seinfeld and Curb.
“I’d like to act again when the project and the role and timing are right.
I’m also producing film & TV projects with my company Get Lifted Film Co.”
As for the current state of music, John tells Weekender that he’s heard some of Kid Cudi’s new album, which he feels is going to be great.
“Kanye is on a creative tear and will have some more fresh music soon too. 2012 should be a fun year.” Starting, of course, with his debut Cayman appearance – he tells us he’s excited to visit a new place.
“I visit the Caribbean several times a year, and I look forward to it every time.
I feel a very strong connection my fans there, and I love performing for an audience that is so supporting and loving. Plus the weather doesn’t hurt!”
Also appearing at Cayman Live Lounge is Bobby V, the first artist signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label, inhabits the smooth-daddy lothario style made famous by R. Kelly.
His chart-topping songs, which include Lights Down Low, Come Touch Me, One Girl To Love and the Winan’s-influenced I’ll Forgive You are infused with romance and fun.
Valentino’s vocal gift has led to comparisons with Luther Vandross and Barry White.
Promoters Monster Media will also be providing prize packages to John Legend fans in the United States to make this a multi-country event.
Monster Media has previously brought events to The Cayman Islands including Million Dollar Run, Jet Around Cayman, Sean Paul, and others.
Sponsors include Cayman Islands Dept of Tourism, Spin, Vibe, Monster Media, CaymanBoxOffice.com.
Eat with the dude
Reserve or purchase your John Legend Early Bird tickets online at caymanboxoffice.com before the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve and you will be entered into a draw to win a ‘John Legend VIP Experience’ courtesy of caymanboxoffice.com and VIBE FM. Prize includes dinner with John Legend at Grand Old House with a photo op and VIP access all area passes for the John Legend concert on February 3rd. We will have two of these packages to give away.
Early Bird General Admission tickets cost US$50 and Early Bird Stage Front tickets cost $US100. So order online today at caymanboxoffice.com