John Legend covers Aretha Franklin’s “How I Got Over” at Baptist Church in Philly [Video]

Taking a break from touring with Sade, John Legend surprises the congregation at Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. With a special connection to Philly (having gone to college there) as well as to the song, which he describes as being off one of his “favourite albums of all time,” (Aretha Franklin‘s Amazing Grace) John Legend delivers a performance from the heart with ample aid from the church’s gospel choir.

Having started off singing in choir at the age of seven, before paying his way through school by being a director of music at a church, “I thought it’d be cool to kinda go back and do something that explored my roots a little bit,” Mr. Legend explains of his impromptu performance. Demonstrating the stylistic similarities between gospel and soul music, he puts a smile on churchgoers faces as he performs Aretha Franklin‘s ‘How I Got Over.’