Born on December 28, 1978, John Roger Stephens (John Legend) is a 9 time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and actor. The talented soul vocalist is comparable to Usher, Maxwell and Anthony Hamilton. His musicianship on piano and vocals is diverse and melodic. In college, the soloist became recognized for his talents when he was featured singing Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” on a collegiate compilation album. Soon afterwards, Legend got his start singing back-up for several hit artist including Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.
In 2004, Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted. Produced by Kanye West and Dave Tozer, the record became a huge success in the UK and the US. The soulful music captivated audiences worldwide, landing him the No. 1 spot on Norwegian album charts and the top ten on others. The singles from the record did amazing landing him a Grammy for his hit song “Ordinary People.” During this time, he assisted Janet Jackson on her album, which received a Grammy nomination.
After a successful debut album, Legend began collaborating with popular artist and performing on live television. He worked with Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas on their album along with Fort Minor and Mary J. Blige. He also assisted the popular comedian Stephen Colbert on a project, while making appearances on Sesame Street. In 2006, Legend performed the half-time show at the NBA All-Star game and the Super Bowl pre-game.
The success continued for the talented soul singer when he dropped his follow-up album, Once Again. Fans and critics received the new music with much praise. The record reached number 3 on the Billboard charts and garnered Legend his second Grammy award. His lead single “Save the Room” didn’t win a Grammy; yet, received a respectable nomination at the ceremony. The same year, Legend won his third Grammy for his collaboration with Sly and The Family Stone.
In 2008, Legend sang in a video for President Obama and featured in the major motion picture, Soul Men. After working on alternate projects, the singer released his third album, Evolver. In Legend’s standards, the record became a modest success. The album featured collaborations with Andre 3000 of Outkast and only received one Grammy nomination.
One year later, the soloist joined with popular artist The Roots to create Wake Up!. Like his past work, the record became a huge success. Legend won 3 Grammy awards at the 53rd Annual awards ceremony. In 2011, the performer went on a long tour and returned in 2012 to release his fourth album, Love in the Future. The record became a success; yet, Legend was sued for copywriters’ infringement. After the feud, he released “All of Me,” which is a beautiful ballad dedicated to his wife that warmed the hearts of millions. It also received a Grammy nomination at the 2014 awards ceremony.
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