Speaking of time of your life, John Legend seems to be having one of those very moments – and it’s a great look on him. I knew from that concert in 2005 that John was gifted, talented and bound to go very far in the industry, but as I watched him make his way onto the stage and work the crowd into a feel-good groove I kept having the same thought: When did John Legend go and get sexy on us? I mean, it was a definite—and welcomed!—departure from the John Legend I saw back in 2005 at the Garden.
This John started off at the piano but by his third song was up and at the mic, softly gyrating his hips and imploring us to get up out of our seats and join him in the good time he was hellbent on having. John shined bright on Monday, but he allowed others to shine as well, namely recording artist Natalie Imani, who provided heavenly backup vocals along with another phenomenal singer with equal parts stage presence, poise and prettiness, Ashley Rodriguez. Rising star Stacy Barthe also glowed as she joined John onstage for a rendition of Anita Baker‘s “Angel.”
As Legend belted out his classics “Ordinary People,” “Let’s Get Lifted,” “So High” and “Green Light,” it felt like a celebration of life, love and music in full swing. The sleek stage design and mood-enhancing visuals displayed on a backdrop that encompassed the breadth and width of the entire stage elevated the “John Legend Experience” by degrees that matter. John quickly and seemingly effortlessly bolstered himself into that pocket of performance where the grown and sexy reign, conjuring up images of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and even Bruce Springsteen as he performed a rendition of “Dancing in the Dark.” But John Legend is his own man, a musical genius who is comfortable in his own skin, and has found lasting love in the form of Chrissy Teigen. And most importantly, as witnessed by his closing songs of the night, “All of Me” and “Who Do We Think We Are,” he seems to be having the time of his life.
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