John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, Legend received the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Legend was born John Roger Stephens on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio. He is one of four children of Phyllis, a seamstress, and Ronald Stephens, a factory worker and former National Guardsman. Throughout his childhood, Legend was homeschooled on and off by his mother. At age four, he began playing the piano and at age seven, he performed with his church choir. In 1987, when he was nine, his parents divorced. At the age of twelve, Legend attended North High School, from which he graduated four years later. Upon his salutatorian graduation, Legend was offered scholarships to Harvard University, Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature.
He finished college in 1999, and thereafter began producing, writing, and recording his own music. He released two albums independently; his self-titled demo (2000) and Live at Jimmy’s Uptown (2001), which he sold at his shows.
Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend’s career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Legend added his voice to those of other artists, assisting in them reaching chart-topper hits. He lent his voice to Magnetic Man‘s “Getting Nowhere,” Kanye West‘s “All of the Lights“, on Slum Village‘s “Selfish” and Dilated Peoples‘ “This Way”. Other artists included Jay-Z‘s “Encore“, and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song “You Don’t Know My Name“, the Kanye West remix of Britney Spears‘ “Me Against the Music“, and Fort Minor‘s “High Road”. Legend played piano on Lauryn Hill‘s “Everything Is Everything“.
Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music in December 2004. It featured production by Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and will.i.am, and debuted at number 13 on the US Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week. It went on to sell 540,300 copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. An international success, Get Lifted also reached number one of the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaked within the top ten in the Netherlands and Sweden, resulting into worldwide sales of 850,000 copies. Critically acclaimed, it won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and earned Legend another two awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
In October 2006, Legend’s second album, Once Again, was released. Legend co-wrote and co-produced the bulk of the album, which saw him reteaming with West and will.i.am but also spawned production from Raphael Saadiq, Craig Street, Sa-Ra, Eric Hudson, Devo Springsteen, Dave Tozer and Avenue. Released to major commercial success, it reached number three on the Billboard 200 and debuted on top of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA, and reached gold status in Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. At the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony, the song “Heaven” was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while lead single “Save Room” received a nod in the Best Male Pop Vocal category. Legend won a second Grammy that year for “Family Affair.”
In October, he released his third studio album, Evolver. The album was preceded by dance pop-influenced uptempo single “Green Light” which featured rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast and became his highest-charting single since “Ordinary People”; it was also released for the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
He released his fourth studio album, Love in the Future, on September 3, 2013, debuting number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 68,000 copies in its first week. Legend’s third single of “Love In The Future” named; “All Of Me” became a big success peaking at #3 on the iTunes charts and #49 on Billboard. The song is a ballad that was dedicated to his wife Chrissy Teigen that he recently married, after four years of dating. They married on September 14, 2013, in Como, Italy.
John Legend is not only my Natural Hair-Man Crush but he is a talented song writer and quit easy on the eyes but most of all he cares about women’s rights. As he stated in an interview at the Gucci‘s global concert event in London before he performed “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.”
Thanks John you are a “Natural Man That Rocks”
And just in case that doesn’t convince you of how awesome, talented and brilliant this man is; here’s something extra for you; “he was also granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Howard University at the 144th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2012”
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John Legend you rock and I guarantee that “Everybody Knows” that you will become just that in time………………….. A LEGEND!
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