LOS ANGELES -- John Legend has one more thing to do before launching his fall tour: get married.
The 34-year-old R&B singer is engaged to 27-year-old model Chrissy Teigen, the subject of most of the romantic songs that make up his new album, "Love in the Future," released last week. The wedding will be some time before he kicks off his tour Oct. 20 in Mashantucket, Conn., and marks a turning point for the piano-playing crooner, who since 2004’s "Get Lifted" has been crafting songs about hook-ups, cheating and heartbreak as well as long-term commitment.
Appropriately, the nine-time Grammy winner’s latest takes an overall more optimistic perspective on affairs of the heart, so much so that he says he’s already considering how married life will affect his writing: "My fans probably don’t want to listen to everything being awesome all the time."
Legend reconnected with longtime collaborator Kanye West for his fourth solo album, which includes hip-hop drum patterns and moments of humor the singer credits to West.
Asked if he wants Kanye West-level fame, Legend replied that he wants "Kanye-level success.
"I don’t think I’m craving any more fame," he told the Associated Press in an interview. "But success and being recognized for making great work all around the world, I think it’s a great thing. And I’m already not far from there."