John Legend ( born December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio; actually John Stephens ) is an American R & B musician and songwriter.
Growing up in a very musical family, his brother, Vaughn Anthony is also a musician, John Stephens visited very early the gospel choir of the local church. Through his musical talent, he was awarded a scholarship and thus the opportunity to study at the University of Pennsylvania English. Here he was also choir director at Bethel AME Church, which he earned this money.
It made his first contacts with local musicians, such as Jaheim or Musiq. Probably the most important acquaintance was with Kanye West, a distinguished producer, who worked for artists such as Jay -Z or Alicia Keys, and later a famous rapper was. They deepened their cooperation and John Legend sang the chorus in Alicia Keys' You Do not Know My Name. In the produced by Kanye West for Jay -Z songs Encore and Lucifer will hear a rehearsed by Legend piano sample. Without a label he produced his first album, which sold well only in the USA.
Kanye West, who had now founded his own record label GOOD Music, Legend took them under contract. In 2005, the album Get Lifted appeared.
At WrestleMania XXIV Legend sang, dedicated to the tradition, America the Beautiful. In addition, he played the end of 2007 with the video for American Boy by Estelle and Kanye West. For Mike Shinoda's solo project Fort Minor, he sang the chorus in High Road.
In February 2011, Legend had a guest appearance during the finale of the second season of the drama series Royal Pains at New York's exclusive physician Dr. Henry " Hank " Lawson ( Mark Feuerstein ).
In 2012, he contributed the song Who Did That to You to Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.
As a guest musician
- Grammy Awards 2006: Best New Artist
- Best Male R & B Vocal Performance ( " Ordinary People " )
- Best R & B Album ( " Get Lifted " )
- Nominations for Song of the Year ( " Ordinary People "); Best R & B Song ( " Ordinary People "); Best R & B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals ( " So High " by John Legend featuring Lauryn Hill ); Best Traditional R & B Vocal Performance ( "Stay With You "); Best Rap / Sung Collaboration ( " They Say " by Common featuring Kanye West & John Legend)
- Grammy Awards 2007: Best Male R & B Vocal Performance ( "Heaven" )
- Best R & B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals ( " Family Affair " by John Legend featuring Joss Stone)
- Nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Save Room")