While he is one of soul’s hottest stars, John Legend always find the time to reconnect with his roots. As the opening act for Sade for the US leg of her tour, the singer took a little time away from the stage and got back to the place where he first found his sound.

Mr. Legend surprised members of the Calvary Baptist Church in West Philladelphia, visiting them during their worship service. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the Grammy winning artist spent much of his time in college working with the music departments of churches around the city.

The congregation appeared genuinely shocked at Legend dropping by and bursting into song. Belting out the classic “How I Got Over” from Aretha Franklins’ Amazing Grace album, the piano man really put up a memorable praise.

You can see the clip of the big surprise below:

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