John Legend is a king when it comes to R&B music, over the years, he has won fans from all over the world with his melodic voice and there seems to be more yet to come from him. A lot is already known about his music and the stories his lyrics tell, but outside of his eventful public life, how well do you know his background?
Here, we are going to trace his ethnicity and bring you an account of his biography and music life, in addition to this, you will also learn about his wife and how she was able to birth their daughter and son.
John Legend’s Bio (Ethnicity)
John Legend is popularly known for his works as a Singer, songwriter, and an actor. He was born on December 28, 1978, as John Roger Stephens in Ohio Springfield as an African-American. As a kid, he never had the opportunity to go to pre-nursery school as his mother taught him all he should know while he stayed with her at home. His interest in music started in the Choir at a tender age of four at which age he joined the church choir; singing and learning how to play musical instruments with them.
Legend’s education started in Springfield North High School where he got enrolled at the age of twelve. He did so well in school that he graduated as the second best student in his time which earned him the salutatorian speech. Records have it that the King of R&B had offers from Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Morehouse College, however, he chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in English majoring in African-American literature.
All through 2012, John Legend took toils in his educational life, he earned a Doctorate Degree from the Howard University. John took leadership roles in college for which he was made the president and music director for a group called Counterparts who were known for singing co-ed jazz and pop acapella. During his stay in the University of Pennsylvania, he was a member of the Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society. At this same time, he had the opportunity of playing the piano for Lauryn Hills, he particularly played her song; Everything Is Everything.
In support of Barack Obama, the R&B Lord sang in a video titled Yes We Can in 2008, that same year, he did a song for the movie Soul Men. He kept pushing and released his song Evolver which became the highest on chart singles. After featuring in The People Speak he recorded an album alongside The Root Steamed in 2009.
In 2011, John Roger Stephens had issues with fellow songwriter Anthony Stokes who claimed he gave him the demo of his song Where Are You Now in 2004 which Legend later used to create an interlude for his own song Maxine in his 2006 album “Once Again.” The two went to court to square things out and a year later, it was reported that John Legend agreed to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount. That same year, he also released his song Caught up.
John’s song All of Me in 2014 had the best turn up ever and it was the third best selling song in the US and UK. He dedicated the song to his wife. Through 2015, he worked with other artists before releasing his single Love Me Now in 2016. He did a duet with Ariana Grande for the award-winning movie Beauty and the Beast. By May 2018, Google made John Legend one of the Google Assistant Voices.
Counting the number of Grammy Awards that legend had won over the years, he has ten Grammy awards and a Golden Globe award all to himself. He further received an award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage and received a Primetime Emmy Award for portraying as Jesus Christ in the NBC adaptation in 2018.
Family: Wife, Daughter, and Son
His father was Ronald Lamar Stephens who was a factory worker and His mother was Phyllis Elaine Lloyd who was a seamstress but also acted as a teacher to Legend before his enrollment in school. They raised their child responsibly and the result of it is evident in the young man’s successful life.
Chrissy Teigen is John Legend’s wife, they met on the set of his music video Stereo in 2007 and got engaged in December 2011. The two lovers officiated their union on September 14, 2013, in Italy. Chrissy was not been lucky with natural conception, however, she had an In vitro fertilization process from which she had two children; Luna Simone Stephens born on April 14, 2016, and Miles Theodore Stephens born on May 16, 2018.
John Legend’s Height
Legend is a super cute musician who doesn’t lack words in his scripts. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 71 kg. He has black hair and brown eye color.