John Legend

ohn Legend was born December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio. He became an in-demand session musician and songwriter, working with such artists as Alicia Keys, Twista and Janet Jackson. He was soon introduced to up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, and the two musicians collaborated on one another’s demos. Legend’s debut album 2004′s Get Lifted, won three Grammy Awards.

Profile

Singer, songwriter. Born John Stephens on December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio. Legend was a child prodigy whose grandmother taught him how to play the piano. He grew up singing in the church choir and attended the University of Pennsylvania where he directed a coed a cappella group. After graduation, he switched gears and worked for Boston Consulting Group but continued to perform in nightclubs in New York City.

Legend became an in-demand session musician and songwriter, working with such artists as Alicia Keys, Twista and Janet Jackson. He was soon introduced to up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, and the two musicians collaborated on one another’s demos. Legend’s debut album, 2004′s Get Lifted, went platinum thanks in part to the hit single “Ordinary People,” a song he originally penned for the Black Eyed Peas. He went home with three Grammy Awards for Get Lifted: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance and Best New Artist. Legend’s sophomore effort, Once Again, was released in 2006.

Legend’s musical talent has made him a mainstream star. In 2006, he performed at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, the NBA All-Star Game, and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.