John Legend is an American singer and songwriter, as well as the husband of model Chrissy Teigen. Here is all you need to know about him.
John Legend: Biography
John Legend is a musician, singer, and songwriter. He was born on December 28, 1978, making his age 39 years old. John Legend was born in Springfield, Ohio and is one of four children. John Legend’s mother is named Phyllis Elaine. She works as a seamstress. John Legend’s father is named Ronald Lamar Stephens, and he is a factory worker and former National Guardsman. John Legend was homeschooled on and off by his mother during his childhood. He began singing in his church choir at the age of four and he began playing the piano at the age of seven. When John was twelve, he began to attend public school at Springfield North High School. He graduated as salutatorian of his class four years later. John Legend was offered admission to the prestigious Harvard University and was also offered scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He ended up attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature. During his college years, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop acapella group called Counterparts. One could say this is where his career as a musician truly began. His lead vocals on the group’s recording of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” received critical acclaim and the song landed on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate acapella compilation CD. During college, Legend was also a member of the prestigious senior societies Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society. He was also introduced to singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill, who hired him to the play the piano on her track “Everything Is Everything,” a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. John Legend has also branched off into film recently in addition to having a successful music career, including a role in the musical film La La Land. He is now also married to model Chrissy Teigen.
Above, Chrissy Teigen laughs with husband John Legend. The couple is very much in love and will be welcoming a second child next year.
John Legend: Husband to Chrissy Teigen
John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen met in 2007 when she was cast to star in the music video for his song Stereo. The couple dated for four years before becoming engaged in December of 2011. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s wedding was held in Como, Italy on September 14, 2013. His hit song “All of Me” was written for her and is dedicated to her. John Legend has one child so far with Chrissy Teigen, a daughter named Luna Simone Stephens who was born on April 14, 2016. Luna was born with the help of IVF. Chrissy Teigen recently announced on November 21, 2017, via Instagram, that she is expecting a second child with the musician. Together Chrissy Teigen and John Legend share a net worth of about $50 million, with John Legend providing most of that amount, a net worth of $40 million, thanks to his successful career as a musician, singer, and songwriter.
Above, a precious black and white photo of John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and their baby daughter Luna.
John Legend: Career as a Musician and More Fun Facts To Know
John Legend began his musical career by holding a number of shows around Philadelphia and then eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. When he graduated from college in 1999 John Legend began producing, writing, and recording his own music. His first two albums, his self-titled demo and Live at Jimmy’s Uptown, were released independently. In 2001, John Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West by Devo Springsteen and Kanye hired Legend to sing during the hooks of his songs. Shortly after signing to West’s label, he chose his stage name John Legend from an idea that was given to him by poet J. Ivy, who told John that his sound was an “old-school sound,” like one of the legends. John Legend has most recently appeared in the film La La Land, alongside actress Emma Stone. He also performed a rendition of the theme song from Beauty and the Beast with Ariana Grande for the remake of the film. Beauty and the Beast quickly became one of the highest grossing films of all time, bringing in a whopping $1.2 billion at the box offices. John Legend’s discography includes the titles Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver, Love in the Future, and Darkness and Light. He has also collaborated with The Roots on an album called Wake Up.
John Legend: In Conclusion
John Legend is not only a talented musician but a very intelligent young man as well. He has surely hit the jackpot with his career and marriage to the beautiful Chrissy Teigen. We are very excited to hear that they will soon be welcoming a second child into the world and cannot wait to see what more the singer-songwriter has in store for us.
John Legend in his element, singing and playing his piano, above.