He went from playing gospel and singing in the church choir to hip-hop superstardom thanks to collaborations with hitmakers such as Kanye West. A look at a legend in the making.
Whether you call it fate, destiny or “a calling”, the fact is that some people are born to sing and create music. John Legend actually revealed that from the age of five or six, he expected to be 'discovered.'
He has done session work with Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas. He also played piano on Lauren Hill's 'Everything Is Everything', off the 1998 Grammy-winning album 'The Miseducation Of Lauren Hill', before catching the eye of hit maker Kanye West, who co-wrote and produced some of the tracks on ‘Get Lifted’.
With 'Get Lifted', his major label debut album on Columbia Records, Legend demonstrated a rare ability to fuse classic old school soul music with the edgy flavour of 21st century hip-hop.
John Legend was the joint most nominated artist, with eight nominations at the 48th Grammy Awards where he won the awards for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B vocal performance for 'Ordinary People' and best R&B album for his debut, 'Get Lifted'.
He has released three albums since, all to great acclaim: 'Once Again' (2006), 'Evolver' (2008), 'Love In The Future' (2013), and also a collaboration album with The Roots called 'Wake Up!' in 2010.
In 2008 he also acted in the film 'Soul Men', starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac.