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John Legend

John Legend (John Roger Stephens) was born in 1978. He is an American singer, songwriter and actor from Ohio. His grandmother taught him how to play the piano at the age of 7 and he sung in his local church choir. Whilst attending college, Legend was the musical director of a jazz and pop cappella group. After college, Legend began recording, producing and writing his own material and released two albums independently. He sent his recordings to labels and was performing often. In 2001, he was introduced to Kanye West with whom he developed a friendship and collaborative partnership. He ended up being hired as a backing vocalist for acts like Jay Z and Alicia Keys as well was earning co-writing credits on songs for Janet Jackson and Keys. In 2014, Kanye West’s label, G.O.O.D. released Legends following album entitled Get Lifted which held hits such as “Ordinary People” and “Used to Love U”. The album was critically acclaimed and won him 3 Grammys. In 2005, Legend was Keys’ and Kanye’s opening act. During the tour, Legend found himself struggling vocally and hired a vocal coach. This shifted his technique and his voice became “clearer” and less “raspy”. This didn't slow down the singer as he released his following album Once Again. The record received one Grammy and reached number 3 in the billboard charts. In 2007, Legend founded his own record label called HomeSchool Record. A year later, the artist released his third studio album entitled Evolver which signalled his desire for change and experimentation as a musician. In 2010, Legend released a collaborative album with The Roots which was named Wake Up! and won a grammy. In 2013, Legend released Love In the Future which included the hit “All of Me” which became one of the best selling digital single releases of all time.

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