John Legend

John Legend

Highest Rated: 100% A Crime on the Bayou (2020)

Lowest Rated: 45% Soul Men (2008)

Birthday: Dec 28, 1978

Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, USA

John Legend's brand of classy, soulful and politically-engaged music filled a niche on the contemporary R&B scene, beginning with his critically successful debut album Get Lifted (2004). The album marked the first time that mainstream music lovers heard Legend's smooth vocals bringing a certain suavity to hip-hop soul, most notably in the hit single "Ordinary People." Legend's sophomore release, Once Again (2006), exceeded the commercial and critical success that he enjoyed with his first album. Instead of shooting for a blend of soul, pop, and hip-hop as he did in his first release, the Grammy Award-winning singer headed for a more innovative, adult contemporary direction on Once Again, which featured the catchy mid-tempo "Save Room" and the rock-laced song "Stereo." Legend showcased his political convictions and maturing sound on albums such as Wake Up! (2010), a collaboration with hip-hop group The Roots and a solid effort from an undeniably versatile musician and vocal powerhouse. This social conscience led to Legend's greatest success, co-writing the Academy Award-winning "Glory" with rapper Common for the soundtrack to the civil rights drama "Selma (2014). He was born John Stephens on Dec. 28, 1978 in Springfield, OH. At an early age, Legend started playing gospel and classical piano under the tutelage of his grandmother. He attended Springfield North High School, where he graduated as salutatorian at age 16, before going off to attend the University of Pennsylvania as an English major. While in college, Legend put in time honing his budding music career by recording CDs with an a capella group, performing solo at various talent shows and open mic nights, and working as the music and choir director at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Scranton. It was during this time when Legend met hip-hop and R&B artist Lauryn Hill, who gave him his first big break by asking him to play the piano on her hit single "Everything is Everything" (1998). Helping his exposer, he was also making the rounds on the nightclub circuit in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Legend was performing as an independent artist and distributing both his self-titled demo album (2000) and Live At Jimmy's Uptown (2001) when he was introduced by his college roommate to the then-emerging hip-hop artist Kanye West, who signed Legend as the first artist on his Getting Out Our Dreams (G.O.O.D.) label. In 2004, Legend released his official debut album Get Lifted to critical acclaim, thanks in part to the hit single "Ordinary People," a song which he originally wrote for the Black Eyed Peas. The LP went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2006 for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and the coveted Best New Artist honor. On Legend's sophomore release, Once Again, he collaborated with a stable of talented producers including West and Peas' frontman, will.i.am, to produce another critically-lauded, ballad-driven album with a more adult contemporary sound, evidenced with songs such as the mid-tempo, piano-based love ballad "Save Room" and the Grammy Award-winning track "Heaven (Only Knows). It also featured one of Legend's more upbeat tracks, "PDA (We Just Don't Care), about public displays of affection. While Once Again lifted Legend's career to new heights, it also made the singer the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2011. Songwriter Anthony Stokes alleged that Legend's song "Maxine's Interlude" was based on a demo track that he gave Legend following the singer's concert in 2004. Stokes claimed that he never heard back from Legend after he gave him the track and was taken aback after hearing Legend's single "Maxine's Interlude" on the Once Again album. In between song recordings, concert tours and live performances, Legend also dabbled in acting, guest starring on the musical drama series "American Dreams" (NBC, 2002-05), where he portrayed Stevie Wonder, and on the HBO comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000-2011) as himself. He also collaborated with established artists over the years, including West, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, and Pink. For his next major release, Legend and hip-hop/neo soul band The Roots teamed up to record Wake Up!, a politically-profound R&B album where they covered songs pulled from '60s and '70s soulful music such as Marvin Gaye's "Wholy Holy" (1971) and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" (1975). It also featured Legend's original composition, "Shine," which was included on the soundtrack to the educational reform documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). In 2011, Legend announced his engagement to American model Chrissy Teigen, whom he had begun dating in 2007. That same year, the singer's hit song "Save Room" was included on the soundtrack to the romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" starring Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell. In 2012, Legend landed a regular television gig on "Duets" (ABC, 2012), a reality competition show where seasoned artists mentored, judged, and performed with aspiring singers, all of whom were competing for a recording contract. The following year, Legend released his fourth album, Love in the Future, which featured the hit single "All of Me." Legend teamed with rapper Common to write the song "Glory" for the soundtrack to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" (2014); the collaboration won Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards. Legend followed with the album Darkness and Light (2016) and continued his work in film, co-starring in and providing music for the romantic musical "La La Land" (2016) and duetting on the theme song of the live-action "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) with Ariana Grande. The following year, Legend starred in the title role of a live concert production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (NBC 2018) that aired on Easter Sunday.

Highest rated movies

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
La La Land
Soundtrack for a Revolution
Soul Men

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
97% 100% Citizen Ashe Executive Producer - 2021
No Score Yet 16% Jonas Brothers Family Roast Self - 2021
100% No Score Yet The Legend of the Underground Executive Producer - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sergio Mendes in the Key of Joy Self - 2020
100% 80% A Crime on the Bayou Executive Producer - 2020
No Score Yet 40% My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood Unknown (Character) - 2020
89% 71% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Producer - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet With Drawn Arms Executive Producer - 2020
100% 79% Hitsville: The Making of Motown Self - 2019
75% 43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self - 2019
68% 70% Monster Executive Producer - 2018
100% 58% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crow: The Legend Crow (Character),
Executive Producer,
Music
- 2017
91% 81% La La Land Keith (Character),
Executive Producer
$151.1M 2016
92% 71% Southside With You Executive Producer $6.3M 2016
No Score Yet 83% Can You Dig This Executive Producer - 2015
No Score Yet 43% Breaking Through Executive Producer - 2015
81% 78% Soundtrack for a Revolution Unknown (Character) - 2009
45% 58% Soul Men Marcus Hooks (Character) $12.1M 2008

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 68% The Voice Music Performer,
Guest,
Judge
2016-2021
No Score Yet 100% Austin City Limits Music Performer 2020
100% 82% Sherman's Showcase Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest,
Producer
2019-2020
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014-2015 2020
94% 75% Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children Executive Producer 2020
67% No Score Yet Chrissy's Court Guest 2020
85% 75% The Simpsons Self (Guest Voice) 2020
94% 77% This Is Us John Legend (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2019
95% 79% Rhythm + Flow Executive Producer 2019
100% No Score Yet AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook Unknown (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet StoryBots Guest 2019
57% 95% Songland Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Artists Den Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke: The Series Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet 2017 Billboard Music Awards Music Performer 2017
96% 87% Underground Frederick Douglass (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest Hits Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Contestant 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CMT Crossroads Unknown (Character) 2014
68% 0% American Idol Music Performer,
Guest
2008 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2013
No Score Yet 84% Project Runway Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Duets Self 2012
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
94% 75% Royal Pains Himself (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 42% Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2008
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Music Performer 2006-2008
92% 92% Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 90% Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2007