R&B giants Sade and John Legend are on tour together throughout the United States. Friday, July 8, 2011 Sade and John Legend bring rhythm and blues to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis downtown. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event range from $49.50 to $149.50 plus processing fees. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Don’t miss your chance to groove at this Indianapolis concert.
Sade, born Helen Folasade Adu, is a British singer, songwriter, composer and record producer. She was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria to a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background and an English district nurse. Her name Folasade means “honor confers your crown.” Her mother moved her to England when she was merely four years old. She would remain their for most of her adolescent life.
Sade began playing music in college, when she joined the a soul band called Pride. Though she started as a background vocalist, her solo performance of the song “Smooth Operator” earned her the attention of Epic Records. She soon signed her own solo deal with the company, taking three members of the band Pride with her. Her debut album Diamond Life was released in 1984. Since then she has released five other albums, selling more than 110 million records worldwide and making her the most successful solo female artist in British history.
Her latest record Soldier of Love was released in 2010. As the six studio album in a 25 year long career, Sade is firm in her belief in integrity and authenticity saying, “I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I’m not interested in releasing music just for the sale of selling something. Sade is not a brand.”
The album was written and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio, near Sade’s home in the countryside of south west England. It is clear that her musical point of view has evolved from the old country soul styling of her previous album Lovers Rock to a more eclectic take on soul. The music ranges from a joyously quirky reggae chant to a dramatic album opener and even some classic Sade soul.
Hear her perform tracks from her new album live at Conseco Fieldhouse with opener John Legend.
John Legend is an American recording artist who hit it big in the R&B world in 2004 with his debut album Get Lifted. Born in Springfield Ohio as John Stephens, Legend was home schooled by his mother. At the age of four, he began learning to play the piano. By seven, he was singing solos in the church choir. Though he was offered scholarships to Harvard University, Georgetown University and Morehouse College, he attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English and African American literature.
While in school he worked with Counterparts, a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group, as both president and musical director in addition to performing. When Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a mutual friend in school, his life’s direction changed forever. She invited him to play piano on “Everything is Everything,” a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Legend kept collaborating with various artists and playing smaller solo gigs for years before he hit it big with his first studio album Get Lifted. By the time his single “Ordinary People” hit airwaves in the United States and the United Kingdom, Legend had played with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Dilated People and Slum Village. His first single went straight to number one in the U.S. and the U. K. The album sold more than three millions copies world wide, and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Since then, Legend has released three other albums and become a well known advocate for education reform. See him open for the unmatchable Sade at Conseco Fieldhouse in the heart of Indianapolis downtown.
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Sade and John Legend
Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8 PM
125 North Pennsylvania Street