John Legend

John Legend

Biography

John Legend (born John Stephens, 28.12.1978) John Legend is an American soul musician. He is a pianist, songwriter and singer and is a Grammy Award winner.

Childhood: John Legend was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. At the age of three, his grandmother started to teach him to play the piano, in a gospel style. At seven, he was involved in the church choir as well as taking classical music lessons. He graduated from Springfield North High School at 16 and went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English.

During his time at University, Legend was in Counterparts, a jazz / pop a capella group. He was the President and Musical Director of the group.

Pursuing his love of music after leaving university, Legend played in the New York nightclub circuit, as well as in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

The Big Break: John Legend was introduced to Kanye West by Kanye's cousin, who happened to be Legend's roommate. Eventually, Legend became the first signing to West's G.O.O.D. Music label. John Legend sang many of the hooks on West's College Dropout album and to return the favour, West supplied a number of the rhythm tracks for John's demo tapes.

John Legend's debut album, Get Lifted was eventually released on G.O.O.D. Music.

Legend has collaborated with a number of Kanye's protégés, including the rapper Common, and Fort Minor, both of whom are his label-mates. He has also collaborated with The Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson.

In July 2007, John Legend appeared at the London leg of the Live Earth concert, where he performed his track 'Ordinary People'. That same month, Legend spent a day folding laundry at Tide's Clean Start Mobile Laundromat, helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Legend's second album was Once Again. The debut single to be released from the album was 'Save Room'. The single featured production credits for will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, as well as Kanye West and Raphael Saadiq.

In April 2008, John Legend returned to Pennsylvania University in support of the Barack Obama Presidential campaign.

Legend's third album, Evolver has been given a release date of October 2008 and features the rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

John Legend Responds To Racist Attack By Paparazzi Who Called Him A Monkey


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John Legend has spoken about the racially charged harassment he suffered last week, when he was called a ‘monkey’ by a photographer at JFK airport.

Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen, who was with him at the time, tweeted about the incident last Thursday, saying the paparazzi had shouted: "if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?”

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John Legend: I Hope My Music Inspires


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John Legend wants his music to ''bring light and inspire''.

The 'Love Me Now' hitmaker ''starts with his own background'' when it comes to choosing the projects he takes on as he wants to help bring ''beauty into the world''.

He said: ''I start with my own background: I was an English major and also concentrated in African-American literature, history, and culture. Even as a young person, I used to read a lot about Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr.

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La La Land Review

Extraordinary

After storming awards season with Whiplash two years ago, writer-director Damien Chazelle returns with something even better: an original movie musical that is shamelessly enjoyable. It somehow manages to be a feel-good triumph as well as a darkly honest exploration of the quest for fame and romance in Los Angeles. And with fantastic songs, colourful choreography and already iconic performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, this is pure cinematic joy.

It opens in a traffic jam on a warm winter's day, where aspiring actress Mia (Stone) first encounters struggling jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). They meet a couple more times before they begin to share the troubles they are facing trying to make their dreams come true. As romance blossoms, Mia urges Sebastian to go for his passion project to create a proper jazz bar, while Sebastian supports Mia's attempt to write a one-woman show to display her talents. But there are huge pressures to endure and obstacles to overcome as this city pushes them to compromise.

Chazelle establishes the film's musical tone from the opening moment, a breathtaking single-take full-on musical number on a freeway flyover. And the movie only gets better from there, deepening the two central characters as every scene is packed with hilarious comedy, honest romance and wrenching drama. Gosling and especially Stone are perfect in these roles, drawing on their already established chemistry as they add singing and dancing to their repertoires.

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John Legend at the 2017 InStyle & Warner Bros. Pictures Golden Globe After Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th January 2017

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John Legend attending The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder - celebrating the 10th anniversary of the HEAVEN Gala held at Red Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th January 2017

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Chrissy Teigen Schools A Twitter Troll After He Calls John Legend "Illiterate"


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Twitter trolls should know by now not to mess with Chrissy Teigen, but on Friday one tweeter learned the hard way when he attempted to call out the model’s husband John Legend.

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It all started when Donald Trump addressed claims that no A-list music stars were willing to perform at his inauguration next month. “The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!,” the president-elect tweeted.

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John Legend arrives at radio 2 for his appearance on the Chris Evans Show, London, United Kingdom - Friday 16th December 2016

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John Legend Disappointed With Kanye's Meeting With Trump


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Kanye West’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump has caused quite a stir among a lot of people and even surprisingly some of his closest friends, including singer and songwriter John Legend.

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John Legend is disappointed his friend and collaborater Kanye West met with Donald Trump

Legend is one of Kanye’s closest allies - even singing his beautiful ballad, All Of Me, at the rapper’s wedding to Kim Kardashian West in 2013 - but even he found West’s visit to Trump Tower one step too far.

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John Legend at the BBC Music Awards held at the Excel Centre, London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th December 2016

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John Legend Will 'always' Be Grateful For Kanye West


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John Legend will ''always'' be grateful for Kanye West for having his ''music back''.

The 37-year-old singer believes he wouldn't have landed a record deal without the assistance of the 'Famous' rapper, because he was rejected by ''every major record label'' when he was trying to break into the music industry, and Legend is thankful for his support throughout his music career.

Speaking on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on Friday (02.12.16), he said: ''I don't know if I would've gotten signed to Columbia and Sony without [Kanye's] help and his work with me on my music back then. So I'll always be grateful to him for that.

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John Legend arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th November 2016

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Chrissy Teigen Would Be Kim Kardashian's Surrogate "In A Heartbeat"


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Chrissy Teigen has said she would be friend Kim Kardashian’s surrogate “in a heartbeat”, if the reality star asked.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, the model was asked if she’d consider being a surrogate for Kim, who might not be able to carry a third child.

While the question may have seemed a little out of the blue to some, Chrissy was unfazed and said she loved being pregnant and would be willing to do it all again for Kim.

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50 Cent Defends 'X Factor's' Honey G After Some Viewers Brand Act 'Racist'


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Rapper 50 Cent has defended ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G, whose act has been branded ‘racist’ by some viewers.

The 35-year-old, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, has become this year’s most controversial contestant, thanks to her take on a number of rap tracks.

But 50 has hit back at accusations that Honey G is ‘appropriating black culture’ or making a mockery of rap and hip hop, by saying that anyone who thinks the act is racist doesn't ‘know what racism really is’.

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John Legend Will Release New Album 'real Soon'


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John Legend has teased he will release a new LP ''real soon''.

The 'Ordinary People' hitmaker, who unveiled his latest record 'Love Me Now' last week, has hinted he will be dropping his first album in three years soon, and although he has yet to confirm a date he has ''an inkling'' as to when he plans to launch it.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper about the forthcoming musical venture, he said: ''The album's coming real soon, nothing is certain but I have an inkling of the date.''

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John Legend Unveils His Latest Single 'Love Me Now' Ahead Of Next Album Release


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John Legend unveiled 'Love Me Now' yesterday, the first song from his upcoming fifth studio album 'Darkness and Light' which is yet to be given a release date. He performed a live acoustic version of the track on his piano at home for his latest Facebook Live video.

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Premiering the song on Thursday night (October 6th 2016), John Legend also announces the impending launch of his latest album. 'Love Me Now' It's a sensational ballad and the lyric video is a tearjerking endeavor with lots of people including children communicating in sign language. It appears to explore all kinds of love, the familial and romantic.

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John Legend

Date of birth

28th December, 1978

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.75




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