John Legend, byname of John Roger Stephens, (conceived December 28, 1978, Springfield, Ohio, U.S.), American vocalist musician and piano player who made progress in the mid 21st century with his combination of R&B and soul music. He additionally was a looked for after session performer. Legend was the principal African American man to win each of the four noteworthy North American amusement grants (EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
Stephens was naturally introduced to a musically skilled common laborers family. His mom coordinated a congregation ensemble, while his grandma played organ and his dad and sibling played drums at the congregation. He took piano exercises and sang in the congregation ensemble as a tyke. His folks self-taught him for a few of his primary school years. After he moved on from secondary school, he went to the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1999). He at that point moved to New York City, working for the Boston Consulting Group by day and playing piano and singing in dance club; he sold self-created CDs (John Stephens  and Live at Jimmy’s Uptown ) at those appearances. In 2001 he was acquainted with the best in class maker Kanye West and started contributing console music and sponsorship vocals to tracks by different specialists, among them Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, and the Black-Eyed Peas. During that time he embraced the stage name John Legend.
Legend chipped away at West’s introduction collection as a rap artist, The College Dropout (2004). After West framed his own name (G.O.O.D. Records) with Sony Music, the primary collection he created was Legend’s real mark debut, Get Lifted, discharged in the last seven day stretch of 2004. Floated by the melody “Conventional People,” the collection rose up European and American mainstream music and beat and-blues diagrams. It accumulated eight Grammy Award selections and won for best R&B collection and best male R&B vocal execution. Furthermore, Legend took the honor for best new craftsman. His sophomore exertion, Once Again (2006), won praises just as Legend’s second Grammy for best male R&B vocal execution (for the single “Paradise”). Legend was a cowinner (with Joss Stone and Van Hunt) of the honor for best R&B execution by a team or gathering with vocals for their interpretation of the Sly and the Family Stone tune “Family Affair” on the tribute collection Different Strokes by Different Folks.
Legend’s fame proceeded with his 2008 studio discharge, Evolver. His 2010 coordinated effort with the Roots, Wake Up!, won three Grammys—best R&B collection, best customary R&B vocal execution (“Hang On in There”), and best R&B melody (“Shine”). In 2013 his collection Love in the Future yielded the raving success single “Every last bit of Me.” The next year Legend and rapper Common recorded the gospel-affected melody “Wonder,” composed by them for the film Selma (2014). The tune, which conjures a call to end racial treachery, won both a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for best unique tune. Legend’s fifth studio collection, Darkness and Light (2016), yielded the hit tune “Love Me Now” and included joint efforts with Chance the Rapper, Miguel, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
In 2017 Legend coproduced August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway, and he got a Tony Award when the show was named best play restoration. The next year Legend assumed the title job in a generally welcomed live broadcast of the 1970 shake drama Jesus Christ Superstar. As a coproducer, he gathered a Creative Arts Emmy Award when the show won for best live assortment exceptional. With that respect, he ended up one of only a handful couple of performers to win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). In 2019 Legend turned into a mentor on the broadcast singing challenge The Voice.
Legend additionally won commendation for his charitable endeavors, specifically his work to improve instructive open doors in poor networks.