John Legend: American Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer 

American singer, songwriter, and record producer John Legend has won ten Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and one Oscar. His debut album, Get Lifted (2004), sold more than three million copies and earned him nine Grammy nominations. 

American idol named him the “perfect example of what an R&B artist should be.”

Story of John Legend

Early Life

John Roger Stephens was born on December 28, 1978, in Springfield, Ohio. His parents, Phyllis Elaine (née Lloyd), a seamstress, and Ronald Lamar Stephens, a factory worker and former National Guardsman, divorced when he was four. 

His mother then married Clifford “Cliff” Harris Sr., with whom she had two sons: Tyson Avett and John Anthony Harris II. 

Through his mother’s marriage to Clifford Harris Sr., Legend is related to entertainers Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu of nu metal band Korn and rapper Snoop Dogg.

By the time he was eight, Legend’s parents had divorced again and his mother had moved with her new husband to colloquially known as Kokomo;Legend stayed in Springfield with his father. 

At the age of 12, he began playing piano at his church northeast of Columbus Avenue and East 55th Street in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. 

When he graduated from high school at 16, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English with an emphasis on African-American literature. 

While in college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts. His lead vocals on “Anyway” landed the group their only record deal withSony BMG Music Entertainment’slabel Epic Recordsin September 1998 after being featured on Miguel Pimentel’s extended play Jaded. 

Conclusion: 

John Legend is a renowned American singer who has achieved considerable success in the music industry. 

He has released several hit albums and singles that have earned him critical acclaim as well as numerous awards. 

Despite coming from humble beginnings, John Legend has gone on to achieve great things and is an inspiration to many aspiring singers out there.

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