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John Legend gives all of himself to Raleigh crowd

John Legend's "All of Me" tour rolled into Raleigh's Red Hat Amphitheater Wednesday night, giving the crowd their money's worth.

John Legend performs his "All of Me" tour in Raleigh, NC on July 30, 2014.
John V. Wood
John Legend enjoys what he does for a living.
John V. Wood

Billed as intimate, raw, and unplugged, Billboard Magazine called it one of the "best concerts of the year."

Legend even says on his website, "The 'All Of Me Tour' will be unlike any tour I've done before."

The concert started out slowly, with an orchestral accompaniment, but soon gathered steam. Legend admitted to having a career that did not start the way he had originally wanted, but said he's ended up exactly where he dreamed he'd be.

He quipped, "You know Lauryn Hill?" Then he'd play a piano solo. "Yep. That was me."

He continued with piano pieces from collaborations with Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and others. "Yep, that was me, too."

According to Red Hat Amphitheater's website, Ohio born John Legend (whose real name is John Roger Stephens) is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. He’s sold an impressive seven million albums worldwide. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Some of the music from the "All of Me" concert features material from Legend's new album, Love in the Future, which recently claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart. The single "All of Me" marks Legend’s highest selling and charting single of his career to date, with sales over 3 million in the US.

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