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.
The model, and wife of John Legend, bared all as part of a photoshoot for Women's Health.
Chrissy Teigen has admitted that part of the reason she wants to get pregnant is so that she has an excuse to put on weight. The 29 year old model, who is married to soul singer John Legend, has said that it would be a good reason to enjoy some of the food she mustn't eat if she wants to stay slim.
The star of ‘Lip Sync Battle’ spoke to the UK edition of Women’s Health, for whose cover photograph she also posed nude, and spoke about her ambitions to start a family. “I'd love to have an excuse to be bigger,” she revealed. “People will know as soon as I'm pregnant because I'll stop drinking.”
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
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The model decided to share one commenter's unedifying contribution to proceedings.
Chrissy Teigen has hit back against the body shamers in the best way possible – with humour. She responded to a commenter on Instagram after a recent topless photograph appeared online on Monday (June 29th).
The 29 year old model captured a screenshot of a comment made by one particularly misguided commenter, who assumed that that the racy photoshoot, taken for the August edition of W magazine, was meant as Teigen unveiling her post-pregnancy body. Except, of course, that Teigen hasn’t had any kids!
Chrissy Teigen with husband John Legend in May 2015
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The actor/musician couldn't believe he was a singer upon first meeting him.
Jamie Foxx is currently promoting the release of his RCA Records debut 'Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses', and while his vocals remain on top form, he reveals he's heard a few other inspiring voices from exceptional artists along the way.
Jamie Foxx remembers meeting John Legend
One of those voices was 'All Of Me' hitmaker John Legend, who Foxx met while he was hanging out with the young and up and coming Kanye West around a decade ago, during which time Legend was on his way to releasing his debut album 'Get Lifted'.
Red Nose Day airs tonight on NBC.
It's the first ever Red Nose Day in the United States today (May 21st 2015), and all manner of celebrities are donning the appropriate big red nose to raise awareness. It's one of the UK's most famous charity fundraisers - undertaken mainly for Comic Relief - but this year goes international for a host of charitable foundations.
Annoyingly, curvy reality star Kim Kardashian is now so good at posing in front of a camera that she even manages to maintain that seductive aura even while holding a novelty clown nose to her face, but many other celebrities provided some well needed laughs on this momentous occasion.
Chrissy Teigen, in a recent television interview, has explained why she no longer uses Photoshop on her social media posts.
Chrissy Teigen has decided she will no longer be using Photoshop to edit her social media pictures. The 29-year-old model, who is the wife of John Legend, discussed her decision whilst appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show on Friday (24th April). Teigen responded to a question from Vieira about the recent picture she posted on Instagram in which she showed her fans the bruises she had acquired by accidentally bumping in to kitchen counters. In doing so she also showed that she had stretch marks on the tops of her legs. Although many celebrities would have edited the image to hide the marks, Teigen took a refreshing approach by joking about her stretch marks in the picture's caption.
Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend.
Dwayne Johnson miming and dancing to Taylor Swift? Yep this actually happened.
The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, stole the show in the first episode of Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ which pits a pair of celebs against each other every week in the ultimate miming contest. The former WWE champ teamed up with rapper Common to take on Jimmy Fallon and John Legend on Thursday evening, demonstrating his miming skills to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’.
The Rock is now a champion of the 'Lip Sync Battle'
Johnson performed Swfity’s modern pop classic, as well as donning the infamous John Travolta white suit for a rendition of the Bee Gee’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’. The 42 year old’s partner Common also performed Lionel Richie’s 'All Night Long' and 'I Want You Back' by The Jackson 5, helping to secure victory for the pair.
Date of birth
28th December, 1978