John Stephens, better known as John Legend, is a singer, composer, pianist and actor.
John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe, and one Academy Award. In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Prior to the release of Legend’s debut album, his career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. He sang in Magnetic Man’s “Getting Nowhere,” Kanye West’s “All of the Lights”, on Slum Village’s “Selfish”, and Dilated Peoples’ “This Way”. Other artists included Jay Z’s “Encore”, and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song “You Don’t Know My Name”, the Kanye West remix of Britney Spears’ “Me Against the Music”, and Fort Minor’s “High Road”. Legend played piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything”. He has gained chart topping hits from his solo work as well, including the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, “One Last Time”. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2015 for writing the song “Glory” from the film Selma.
On July 5, 2011, songwriter Anthony Stokes filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against John Legend in United States District Court, in the District of New Jersey, alleging that Legend’s song “Maxine’s Interlude” from his 2006 album Once Again derives from Stokes’ demo “Where Are You Now”. Stokes claimed he gave Legend a demo of the song in 2004 following a concert at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Legend denied the allegations, telling E! Online, “I never heard of his song until he sued me. I would never steal anyone’s song. We will fight it in court and we will prevail.”However, nearly 60,000 people took a TMZ.com poll that compared the two songs and 65% of voters believed that Legend’s “Maxine’s Interlude” is a rip-off of Stokes’ “Where Are You Now”. A year later, Legend confirmed that he settled the lawsuit with Stokes.
Also in 2011, Legend completed a 50-date tour as a guest for British soul band Sade. In the San Diego stop, Legend confirmed that he is working on his next studio album and played a new song called “Dreams”. Later, via his official website, he revealed the official title of the album to be Love in the Future, and debuted part of a new track called “Caught Up”. The album has been executive-produced by Legend himself, along with Kanye West and Dave Tozer – the same team who worked on Legend’s previous albums Get Lifted and Once Again. Legend has stated that his intention for the record was “To make a modern soul album – to flip that classic feel into a modern context.”
Legend was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Howard University at the 144th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Legend was a judge on the ABC music show Duets along with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke. Legend’s spot was originally for Lionel Richie but he had to leave the show due to a scheduling conflict. Duets debuted on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 8/7c.
He released his fourth studio album, Love in the Future, on September 3, 2013, debuting number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 68,000 copies in its first week. The album was nominated for Best R&B album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Legend’s third single from the album, “All of Me”, became an international chart success, peaking the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks and reaching the top of six national charts and the top ten in numerous other countries, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It was ranked the third best-selling song in the United States and the United Kingdom during 2014. The song is a ballad dedicated to his wife and was performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2014, Legend paired with the rapper Common to write the song “Glory”, featured in the film Selma, which chronicled the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Legend and Common performed “Glory” at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.
Legend was featured on Meghan Trainor’s debut studio album on track 6 “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” On February 1, 2015, he sang “America the Beautiful” in the opening ceremony of Super Bowl XLIX. He provided guest vocals on Kelly Clarkson’s song “Run Run Run” for her album Piece by Piece (Kelly Clarkson album) . He also co-wrote and provided vocals for French DJ David Guetta’s song “Listen”, as part of the album of the same name.
- Has three brothers.
- His mom, Phyllis Elaine, is a fashionista, and his dad, Ronald Lamar Stephens, was a worker in a company, and former National Guard soldier.
- He was home schooled by his mother.
- He graduated in North High Institute when he was 16 years old, and he got several scholarships from Harvard, Georgetown and Morehouse. He finally studied english and Afroamerican literature and Penn State.
- After four years of relationship, John got engaged with mode Chrissy Teigen in 2011. They got married at 2013 in Como, Italy, and had one little girl.
|music||No Importa (Noel Schajris - colaboración)||2009|
|music||Magnificent (Rick Ross - colaboración)||2009|
|music||Wake Up! - con The Roots||2010|
|music||Love in the Future||2013|
|music||Listen (David Guetta - colaboración)||2014|
|music||Like I'm Gonna Lose You (Meghan Trainor - colaboración)||2015|
|music||Run Run Run (Kelly Clarkson - colaboración)||2015|
|music||Waiting for Love (Avicii - co-producido con Martin Garrix)||2015|