John Legend

John Legend

He’s a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist.

Signed a few years on Kanye’s Label “G.O.O.D Music” , his debut album, Get Lifted, (2004) he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West‘s GOOD Music. He has sung on Jay-Z‘s “Encore“, Alicia Keys‘s “You Don’t Know My Name“, Dilated Peoples‘ “This Way”, Slum Village‘s “Selfish”, Fort Minor‘s “High Road”, and played piano on Lauryn Hill‘s “Everything Is Everything“. His single “All of Me” from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

This Year he comes back with 2 new songs : “Actions” which samples the intro of Dre & Snoop 2000’s hit “The Next Episode” , and “Bigger Love” .

This Is John Legend .

John Roger Stephens was born at December 28, 1978 ,in Springfield, Ohio.He is one of four childrenof Phyllis Elaine (Lloyd), a seamstress, and Ronald Lamar Stephens, a factory worker at International Harvester. His father was a drummer, while “his mother sang and directed the church choir, and his grandmother was the church organist.” In 2004, Legend stated that his parents were divorced for 12 years before reuniting. Legend was homeschooled by his mother.At the age of four, he performed with his church choir. He began playing the piano at age seven. Because of his academic talent, he skipped two grades.

At the age of 12, Legend attended Springfield North High School, from which he graduated as salutatorian of his class four years later.Legend was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College ;he ultimately decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

During college, Legend served as the president and musical director the co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group The Counterparts. His lead vocals on the group’s recording of Joan Osborne‘s “One of Us” (written by fellow Penn alum Eric Bazilian of The Hooters) received critical acclaim, landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. Legend was also a member of the Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society. While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. Hill hired him to play piano on “Everything Is Everything“, a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on African-American literature in 1999.

Discography

Studio albums
Collaborations

Tours

  • Get Lifted Tour (2005)
  • Once Again Tour (2007)
  • Evolver Tour (2009)
  • Love in The Future World Tour (2014)
  • Darkness and Light World Tour (2017)
  • Bigger Love Tour (2020)

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Sesame Street Himself
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: “The Bat Mitzvah”
Las Vegas Himself Episode: “Wagers of Sin”
2008 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All Forest Ranger
2009 The People Speak Himself Documentary
2010 Dancing with the Stars Himself/Performer
2011 Royal Pains Himself “Listen to the Music”
2015 The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Himself/Performer Performed with Meghan Trainor
Hollywood Game Night Himself/Contestant 1 episode
2015–present Lip Sync Battle Himself 6 episodes
2016–2017 Underground N/A Producer
2017 The Nightly Show with Gordon Ramsay Himself 1 episode
Master of None Himself Episode: “The Dinner Party”
Carpool Karaoke: The Series Himself Episode: “Alicia Keys & John Legend”
2018 Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Jesus Christ Also executive producer
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy Himself
2019–present The Voice Himself/Coach Season 16-18
2019 Songland Himself Episode: “John Legend”
Ask the StoryBots The King of Music Episode: “How do you make music?”
Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: “John Legend and Chrissy Teigen vs. the cast of Vanderpump Rules
2020 This Is Us Himself Episode: “Light and Shadows”
The Simpsons Himself Voice; Episode: “The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson”

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sesame Street: Elmo Loves You! Himself
Soul Men Marcus Hooks
2012 The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America Duke Ellington Voice role
2016 Southside with You N/A Producer
La La Land Keith Also co-wrote/performed “Start a Fire” for film’s soundtrack
2017 Crow: The Legend Crow Voice role, Also executive producer[83]
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Himself
2020 Jingle Jangle N/A Producer

Awards and Nominations

References + More Info : John Legend

Official Website : https://www.johnlegend.com/

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