John Legend

  • Born in 1978 in Springfield OH. His birth name is John Stephens.
  • His stage name was adopted in 2001, after the poet J. Ivy liked his music, stating that it reminded him of old school music, and that he sounded “like one of the legends.” Ivy and others kept referring to him that way, so he reluctantly adopted the name.
  • He has released 5 studio albums, 1 collaborative album (with The Roots), and numerous singles as either lead artist, featured artist, or guest artist. Most of his songs are co-written and co-produced with other major R&B powerhouses.
  • He has won 30 awards, including 10 Grammy Awards and 1 Academy Award.
  • His mega-hit is 2014’s All of Me. It was the second best selling song of the year in the U.S., and the third best selling song worldwide. It was inspired by Legend’s relationship with his soon-to-be-wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen. The video includes footage from their actual wedding.
  • Legend’s Academy Award in 2015 was for Best Original Song, for Glory, co-written with rapper Common, from the movie Selma.
  • He had a major role in the highly acclaimed film La La Land, playing the part of Keith, leader of a fusion jazz band. He also co-wrote and performed Start A Fire for the film’s soundtrack.
  • It’s safe to say that Legend is one of the hottest musical talents in the world today. His skilled musicianship and soulful singing are wonderful, and he has smartly promoted himself in high profile ways that make him golden. No doubt his duet with Ariana Grande, singing the title track to Disney’s new release of Beauty and the Beast, will elevate his success to even greater heights.

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