John Legend, John Roger Stephens, is a singer, songwriter, pianist, actor, and record producer from the United States. John began his musical career by playing piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything” and making uncredited guest appearances on Jay-Z’s “Encore” and Alicia Keys’ “You Do not Know My Name.” He later signed with Kanye West’s GOOD Music. John released his debut album, Get Lifted, which debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and was also got double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, John received eight nominations for the singles”Ordinary People” and “So High” with Lauryn Hill and the latter of which won Best New Artist and Best R&B Album as well as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. (1)
Facts About John Legend
|Estimate Net Worth||$100 million|
|Birthday||December 28, 1978|
John Legend's Appearance (Height, Hair, Eyes & More)
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
John Legend's Early Life
John was born on December 28, 1978, in Ohio, as John Roger Stephens. John Legend is the eldest of four children born to Phyllis Elaine, a seamstress, and Ronald Lamar Stephens, an International Harvester factory worker. Legend stated in 2004 that his parents divorced for 12 years before reconciling. His mother homeschooled Legend. John began playing the piano at the age of four. He began singing in his church choir when he was seven years old. He skipped two grades because of his academic ability. (3)
John Legend's Education
The Legend began attending North High School in Springfield, Ohio, when he was 12 years old and graduated as salutatorian of his class four years later. According to an interview, Legend won a Black History Month essay competition run by McDonald at the age of 15, responding to the prompt “How do you intend to make Black history?” with an essay about how John intended to be a successful musician. Legend was admitted to Harvard University and received scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College before deciding to attend the University of Pennsylvania.
John was the president of the club and the musical director of the co-ed jazz and popped a cappella group, the Counterparts, in college. His lead vocals on the group’s data entry of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” received critical acclaim, and the song was included on the track list of the Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD in 1998. Legend also belonged to the Sphinx Senior Society and the Onyx Senior Honor Society. John was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend while in college. Hill hired John to play piano on her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’s song “Everything Is Everything.” In 1999, he earned a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree in English, focusing on African-American literature.
John Legend's Wife and Family Life
Legend first met model Chrissy Teigen in 2006, when director Nabil Elderkin introduced the two during her appearance in his music video “Stereo.” The couple married on September 2013, in Italy, after getting engaged in December 2011. The song “All of Me,” released in 2013, was written for and dedicated to her; the music video was reportedly shown at their wedding. The couple has two children: an April 2016 daughter and a May 2018 son. Both children were born through in vitro fertilization. John and Chrissy’s couple announced in August 2020 that they were expecting their third child, a boy, which was later confirmed. Due to complications, their son was stillborn on September 29, 2020, and the couple revealed that they had named him Jack. They announced on Teigen’s Instagram account in August 2022 that they were expecting their fourth child.
John Legend's Career
In December 2004, Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music. It debuted at the 7th spot on the US Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week, and featured production by Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and will.i.am. The RIAA certified it gold after it sold 540,300 copies in the United States. Get Lifted was an international success, reaching number one on the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaking in the top ten in the Netherlands and Sweden, selling 850,000 copies worldwide. It was critically acclaimed and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 2006 and two other nominal awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Legend.
Legend appeared in The People Speak, a documentary feature film based on historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States that used dramatic and musical performances of letters, diaries, and speeches from everyday Americans. Also, in 2009, Legend and the Roots collaborated on the album Wake Up!, which came out on September 21, 2010. The album’s first single, “Wake Up Everybody,” featured singer Melanie Fiona and rapper Common. Legend won three Grammy Awards at the 53rd Annual Music Awards in February 2011. He won Best R&B Song for “Shine,” and he and the Roots won the Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Hang On in There.”
On September 3, 2013, John released his fourth studio album, Love in the Future, which debuted at a high spot on the Billboard 200 and sold 68,000 copies in its first week. At the 2014 Grammy Awards, John’s album was nominated for Best R&B Album. “All of Me,” Legend’s third album single, became an international chart success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for more than a week in a row and being the number one of six national charts and the top ten in numerous other countries, becoming one of the highest paid digital singles of all time. In 2014, it was the third best-selling song in the United States and the United Kingdom. The ballad was performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and is dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. (4)
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