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Five-time Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist John Legend was born John Stephens on December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio. John Legend started playing gospel and classical piano at the age of 4 and sang with the church choir at 5 years. After graduating as Salutatorian from Springfield North High School, he went to University of Pennsylvania where he directed Counterparts, a coed a cappella group. Legend majored in English, with an emphasis on African American literature and culture. Legend's career began when he was picked to play the piano on Lauryn Hill's 'Everything is Everything' (1998).
Before becoming a mainstream artist, John Legend began working for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and then New York City. He often hit the nightclubs on the east coast of the United States performing as an independent artist and distributing live LPs such as Live at SOB's. This way he gained an audience and got the notice of recording artists and producers as an accomplished musician. John Legend's roommate and former classmate at Penn, Devon Harris (Devo Springsteen) introduced him to artist Kanye West. They started working closely together. John Legend is signed to West's label, G.O.O.D. Music and sang many of the melodic hooks on West's demo, which became the Grammy Award winning The College Dropout.
West provided rhythm tracks for Legend's demo, which evolved into his debut studio album, the platinum selling Get Lifted released in late 2004. It mixed classic R&B grooves with modern hip-hop sounds and artists. The album featured collaborations with rapper Snoop Dogg and Slum Village and had singles like 'Used To Love U' (US top 100, UK top 30), 'Ordinary People' (US and UK top 30) and 'Selfish' (US top 100). It was one of 2005's top albums, ending the year with a Grammy for Best R&B Album. John Legend sang background vocals on Jay-Z's 'Encore,' Alicia Keys' 'You Don't Know My Name,' and Fort Minor's 'High Road.' He has contributed to fellow G.O.O.D artist Common's LP, Be, and also provided vocals for the track 'High Road' on the album The Rising Tied by Fort Minor (Mike Shinoda).
Legend performed during the pre-game show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. He performed 'God Bless America' during the 7th inning stretch at the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game in Pittsburgh, PA. also he preformed at the Grammy Awards. John Legend featured in the Black Eyed Peas song 'Like That'. Legend decided to keep the song 'Ordinary People' for himself, though it was originally meant to be for a Black Eyed Peas project and recorded it after he had been signed to Columbia Records.
The soundtrack of the film The Second Chance has Legend along with contemporary Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith, with the song 'Refuge'. His sophomore album, Once Again with the single 'Save Room' released on October 24, 2006 and boasts production from Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, and will.i.am.
John Legend is also rumored to work on Michael Jackson next album, scheduled for late 2007.
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