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12-time Grammy-winning R&B singer returning to perform in Bethlehem

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Jeff Daly
John Legend is scheduled to perform June 22 at Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A 12-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer whose best-known song sold 14 million copies will return to Bethlehem for the first time in a dozen years, it has been announced.

John Legend, best known for his 14-times platinum No. 1 hit “All of Me” from 2013, will perform “A Night of Songs and Stories” at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Wind Creek Event Center.

Tickets, at $79.50 to $199.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at www.windcreekeventcenter.com.
Wind Creek Event Center website

Tickets, at $79.50 to $199.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at www.windcreekeventcenter.com.

Legend last performed in the Lehigh Valley in 2012, when he played to an audience of young listeners at Moravian College for its Moravian In Focus program, which promoted in-depth examination of complex issues.

Legend, who attended the University of Pennsylvania, spoke about the work of his Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization that fights for reform in the U.S. education system.

At that show, Legend gave a 30-minute talk in which he called upon Moravian to take up a similar cause, and spoke of inequality in public education in the United States.

He then did a five-song, 18-minute set, accompanying himself on a grand piano.

Early success

By that time in his career, Legend already had three platinum albums.

His 2004 debut disc, “Get Lifted,” sold double-platinum and topped the R&B charts, producing the double-platinum hit “Ordinary People.”

His 2006 album “Once Again” and 2008 disc “Evolver,” both also sold platinum, and produced the gold hit “Save Room” and the double-platinum hit “Green Light,” respectively. He also had a double-platinum hit with 2012’s “Tonight (Best You Ever Had).”

In 2006, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album for “Get Lifted.”

In February 2011, Legend won three prizes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Music Awards. He was awarded Best R&B Song for "Shine," while he and The Roots won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang On in There."

But it was after his appearance at Moravian that Legend had his biggest success.

Biggest hit, Oscar and Emmy

His 2013 disc “Love in the Future” sold double platinum and included “All of Me,” which gave him his first song to top the pop hits chart and spent three weeks at No. 1 and 23 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.

“Love in the Future” also produced the platinum hit "You & I (Nobody in the World)."

Since then, Legend has had the double-platinum hit “Love Me Now” from his 2016 album “Darkness and Light,” and four more gold songs, the last of which was 2020’s “Wild” with Gary Clark Jr.

In all, he has been nominated for 37 Grammy Awards, including three last year for "God Did" (with DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Fridayy) and won 12 — his latest win was for Best R&B Album for his 2021 disc “Bigger Love.”

From 2019-22 and again in 2023, he was a judge on the TV singing competition show "The Voice."

In 2014, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "The Crow," from the film "Selma," and in 2019 he won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role as producer on "Crow: The Legend."