Journey as an singer, songwriter and musician
- First of all, John Roger Stephens was born in December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio. He is one of four children of Phyllis Elaine (née Lloyd), a seamstress, and Ronald Lamar Stephens. Throughout his childhood, Legend was homeschooled on and off by his mother.
- At the age of four, he performed with his church choir. He began playing the piano at age seven.
- While in college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts.
- While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. Hill hired him to play piano on “Everything Is Everything”, a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
- He graduated college in 1999, and thereafter began producing, writing, and recording his own music.
- Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music in December 2004.
Engagement as an philanthropist, activist
- Legend performed a benefit concert in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 in support of a tax levy for the Springfield City School District.
- In May 2007, Legend partnered with Tide laundry detergent to raise awareness about the need of families in St. Bernard Parish, (Chalmette, Louisiana), one of the most devastated areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.
- Also in 2007, Legend was the spokesman for GQ Magazine’s “Gentlemen’s Fund”, an initiative to raise support and awareness for five cornerstones essential to men: opportunity, health, education, environment, and justice.
- Legend started his Show Me Campaign in 2007 which aims at helping poor people.
- In early 2008, he began touring with Alexus Ruffin and Professor Jeff Sachs of Columbia University’s Earth Institute to promote sustainable development as an achievable goal.
- And on March 6, 2012, appointed by the World Economic Forum to the Forum of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Legend stopped by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a surprise visit and acoustic performance as a part of Get Well Soon Tour.
- Also on June 1, 2013, Legend performed at Gucci’s global concert event in London whose campaign, “Chime For Change”, aims to raise awareness of women’s issues in education, health and justice.
- As well as Legend donated $500,000 to Springfield City School District to renovate an auditorium, which is named in his honor, within the Springfield Center of Innovation
Achievement and Recognition
- n 2005, Legend received fifteen nominations and won two, including Best New Artist at the Black Entertainment Television Awards (BET Awards) and Best R&B Act at the MOBO Awards
- From 2006- 2016, John Legend have received 10 ‘Grammy Awards’ for his various songs.
- In 2014, he won American Music Awards as Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
- In 2015, he won “Golden Globe Awards” for Best Original Song.
- Again in 2015, he received” MTV Video Music Awards ” for the category of Best Video with a Social Message for “One Man Can Change the World”.
- He also received Two Billboard Music Awards for “All of me”song in 2015.
- After four years of dating, Legend became engaged to model Chrissy Teigen on December 2011. Which lead to his married life on September 14, 2013, in Como, Italy. In 2016, the couple had a daughter named Luna Simone Stephens
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
John Legend embracing his daughter.
Current music albums
Darkness and Light :
Darkness and Light is the fifth studio album by John Legend. The album was released on December 2, 2016 by Columbia Records. As well as the album is supported by two singles “Love Me Now”, and “Penthouse Floor” featuring Chance the Rapper.
The album’s lead single “Love Me Now” was released on October 7, 2016. On October 6, 2016, the music video was released for the single. Also, on November 18, 2016, the album’s second single “Penthouse Floor” featuring Chance the Rapper, was released. And on November 25, 2016, the album’s third single “I Know Better”, was released.
On Darkness and Light, John Legend pushes beyond his comfort zone for something a bit more ambitious. This is a love record about navigating the bleak world and finding happiness in dark times.With its meditative and ingratiating songwriting, this is unmistakably a John Legend album, yet there’s a renewed sense of peace and even a sad wisdom that distinguishes it. Legend’s voice continues to shine, illuminating his innate talent with rich lyrics that adapt to the cultural climate of the times right now.
Track Listing: “I Know Better”, “Penthouse Floor” (featuring Chance the Rapper), “Darkness and Light” (featuring Brittany Howard), “Overload” (featuring Miguel), “Love Me Now”, “What You Do to Me”, “Surefire”, “Right by You (For Luna)”, “Temporarily Painless”, “How Can I Blame You”, “Same Old Story”, “Marching Into the Dark”.
John Legend: Blame ME For Bad Parenting, Not Just Chrissy!
Mommy mafia attacked Teigen when she went out to dinner with her husband about a week after giving birth. “She’s hitting the streets already????” wrote one jerk on Twitter. “Damn these so called celebrities want to show off so bad after giving birth.” Naturally, Teigen hit back, but Legend thinks it’s unfair that she had to take all the heat.
The “All of Me” singer took to Twitter to point out the double standard and ponder why all theire is directed toward the mom. Funny there’s no dad-shaming,” he tweeted. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn’t have to take it all. We’ll split it.”
Not only does he gush about Chrissy Teigen on the regular, he’s now instructing the momshaming brigade to fire their criticism at him, not just his wife.
On Mother’s Day, Legend shared a photo of his wife and daughter and included this tribute:
- John Legend BURNS Donald Trump Jr. in Epic Twitter Feud!!
John Legend proved he has just as much Twitter moxy as his wife Chrissy Teigen when he took some epic jabs at Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr. Trump Jr. took to Twitter to denounce protestors, tweeting: Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn’t even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!”
And then the badass boss in John Legend (who knew?) clapped back with this simple yet poetic gem:”.@DonaldJTrumpJr I think they were protesting your racist father.