Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. He’s sold an impressive seven million albums worldwide. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
A graduate of University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African-American literature, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track “Everything Is Everything,” and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music.
Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 spawned the artist’s first hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards. The follow up was Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000. Legend’s most recent effort was his 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, which won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later.