As John Legend nears the release of his latest album Love in the Future, he promises to tease Indiana University students with some highly-anticipated new music when he takes the IU Auditorium stage on
He found inspiration for this record in telling stories about love and life.
“The inspirations for making [this album] are things that are personal to me, things that other people can relate to,” he says.
Granted an Honorary Doctorate from Howard University in May 2012, Legend has taken this award as a means of inspiring others by sharing advice with young adults.
“I feel like there are a lot of parallels, no matter what career you’re going after and trying to pursue,” he says.
So what advice does Legend wish to share with aspiring artists? He says:
“1. You want to try to be the best at it, so you have to practice and get really good at it. Whether it is music or any other field, I feel like you have to spend a lot of energy and time studying and trying to be great at whatever you are doing.
2. You have to make good decisions. Part of that is through experience, part of that is through good advice from people that you trust. A lot of times you will make a few mistakes and you will learn from those things as well.”
“Education is something that is very important to me, so whenever I have an opportunity to inspire young people to do great things in life, it’s always a good thing for me,” says Legend.
Before officially going on tour, Legend will spend time promoting new music as well as collaborating with other artists, such as co-writing with Alicia Keys on her recently-dropped album and working with Kanye West on Love in the Future.
Legend expresses the joys of working with other artists.
“I love being a writer and getting into character,” he says. “Seeing things through another person’s perspective and then writing with them, and for them for their own project.”
As far as future collaborations are concerned, Legend shoots for the stars in the most literal sense. He goes on to reveal which music artists he dreams of working with.
“Adele, Beyoncé. Nothing too high or anything,” he jokes.
Though working with top recording artists seems thrilling to the nine-time Grammy winner, Legend expresses his excitement about another musical venture.
“I’m absolutely excited to be at IU,” he says. “Especially as someone who grew up watching sports, it’s such a famed and fabled place. It’s exciting to actually come and perform at IU, I think we are going to have a great time.”
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