The ten times Grammy Award winner, One Golden Globe and One Academy Award winner John Legend is born on 28 December 1978. John Legend born as John Roger Stephens is an R&B Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Actor. He was born in Springfield, Ohio to Phyllis Elaine and Ronald Lamar Stephens. His mother is a Seamstress, and his father was a Factory Worker and a Former National Guardsman. He is the fourth child in the family. John Legend’s mother homeschooled him during his childhood. At the age of 4, Legend performed with his church choir. At the age of 7, he began playing the piano. He graduated as salutatorian of his class from North High School at the age of 16. Harvard University offered him admission and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He studied English with an accent of African-American literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as president and music director of Jazz and Counterpart – a pop a cappella group. He was the lead vocalist in Joan Osborne’s ‘One of Us’. It got placed in 1998 Best of Collegiate a Capella Compilation CD. Legend was representative of Esteemed Societies Onyx Senior Honor Society and Sphinx Senior Society at Penn. He played piano in ‘Everything Is Everything’ song. He played it for ‘
’ in the album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. Legend moved to
after graduation. He performed in nightclubs. Then he became a popular musician and song writer.
He worked with ‘Alicia Keys’, ‘Twista’, and ‘
’. Then he worked with hip hop artist ‘
’, and they worked on each other’s Demo. Poet 'J. Ivy’ gave the idea for his stage name John Legend. His debut album ‘Get Lifted’ got released on Good Music in December 2004. It sold 116,000 copies in the first week. It ranked seven on US Billboard 200. It got accredited Gold by Recording Industry Association of America. It sold 850,000 copies worldwide. It won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B album in 2006. In that year, he appeared in an episode in ‘Sesame Street’. He performed in “Super Bowl XL” during the pre-game in Detroit. He also performed in NBA All-Star Game during the halftime show. He released his second album ‘Once again’ in 2006. It got graded number 3 in US Billboard 200. It reached the top on the chart Top R&B/ Hip-Hop album. The album got accredited platinum by RIAA. Legend won the Grammy award for the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. In the same year, he won the second Grammy for ‘Family Affair’. He sang in the video for ‘Barack Obama’ for “Yes We Can” in January in 2008. His released his third album ‘Evolver’ in October.
In 2009, he teamed with 'The Roots' for a collaboration album ‘Wake Up!’. Legend won 3 Grammy awards in February 2011. He toured 50 days as a guest for Sade-British Soul Band in 2011. In September 2013, he released his fourth album ‘Love in the Future’. It sold 68,000 copies in the first week. It earned rank four in Billboard 200. His single 'All of Me' became an international success. It gained rank top in Billboard Hot 100 for three successive weeks. It became one of the best-selling digital singles of eternity. It reached top 10 in many countries. It was dedicated to his wife, ‘
’. He performed this song on 56th Grammy Awards. Legend wrote the song Glory with rapper Common for the feature film Selma. This won the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for the Best Original Song. On February 22, 2015 He performed Glory at the 87th Academy Awards. He also worked with ‘
’, and ‘
’. In 2012, Howard University honored him with the Doctorate. He was the judge of Duets Show on ABC.
Legend was also a part of lot of social work and charity trust. Legend was a part of Millennium Campus Network, and he supported MCN programs via online. He was a part of the national board of Teach for America. Legend was a feminist. He stated that all men should be feminist and care about women so that the world would be a better place.
He dated Chrissy Tegan for four years. On December 2011, he got engaged and married her on September 14, 2013, in Como, Italy. They welcomed their daughter named Luna Simone Stephens in 2016 on April 24.