The nine-time Grammy award winner spoke to campaign volunteers, grass-roots supporters, local officials, and the media at President Obama’s Norfolk campaign office. Legend took photos with the large audience that swarmed the Norfolk campaign office before being swept away by campaign officials for an event at a church in Virginia Beach.
Legend returned to Obama’s Norfolk campaign office later that afternoon and briefly performed an outdoor concert on the office grounds in celebration of the President’s birthday and to rally support for the President’s reelection campaign.
Legend last visited Norfolk on September 12, 2011 when he opened for Sade at a sold-out Scope arena. The Ohio-born singer excels at lending his voice to other musicians’ songs. He added his voice to Kanye West’s 2011 hit song “All of the Lights” and Alicia Keys’ 2003 hit song “You Don’t Know My Name.”
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One-On-One With John Legend
New Journal and Guide reporter Randy Singleton: Mr. Legend, I want to thank you on behalf of the New Journal and Guide newspaper family for coming to Virginia today. Do you have any closing words for the people of Hampton Roads?
John Legend: As I have said before, Virginia is obviously a very important state. I don’t think I have to tell any Virginians that. They probably can tell from all of the ads they have seen on television. But this election is very close and the outcome really matters.
We have choices to make. Do we believe that austerity is the right way to go to grow our economy? Or do we believe that we have to continue to invest in American infrastructure if we want to grow it? Do we believe that having health care affordable and available for every American is important or do you want somebody that is going to repeal Obamacare?
You know, we’ve got a decision to make and these are important things that really impact people’s lives and it really matters if you go and vote. That is why we are here.
New Journal and Guide reporter Randy Singleton: Thank you, sir.
John Legend: Thank you.