John Legend: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

John Legend: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of John Legend. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about John Legend. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: John Roger Stephens

Born: December 28, 1978

Origin: Springfield, Ohio, U.S.

Genres: R&B – Soul – Pop

Instruments: Vocals – Piano

Zodiac: Capricorn

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Early Start

  • A seamstress by trade, Legend was the eldest of 4 children. His father was a worker in a factory.
  • While his father played the drums, his mother sang and directed the church choir, and his grandmother played the organ.
  • At the age of four, he began playing the piano. He performed with his church choir at the age of seven.
  • With an emphasis on African-American literature, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English.



Career Journey

  • 2004: He released his debut album, Get Lifted, under GOOD Music.
  • 2006: Legend’s second album, Once Again, was released.
  • 2008: Legend appeared in the video “Yes We Can”, produced by, for Barack Obama.
  • 2009: Legend and the Roots recorded a collaborative album, Wake Up!
  • 2013: He released his fourth studio album, Love in the Future, which soared to the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • 2014: He collaborated with the rapper Common for the song “Glory” that was featured in the film Selma.
  • 2021: Legend joined Republic Records after 17 years with Sony Music.
  • 2022: John Legend introduced the music-based NFT platform ‘OurSong’.



Awards & Recognition

  • He’s the first black man and second youngest person to have won all four of the major American entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).
  • He’s also the recipient of the NAACP’s President’s Award.
  • Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2007)



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • John was the first African American to win four major awards: Tony, Oscars, Emmy and Grammy.
  • He skipped two grades and started high school at 12!
  • His nickname was “Doogie Howser” which came from a TV show about a teenager who became a doctor where John was young for his school class.



Artist’s Favorites

Color: White
Food:  Burger
Holiday Destination:  Miami
Sports:  Cricket
Hobbies:  Playing Music, Traveling



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from John Legend:

All of Me

Length: 4:29

Release: 2013

Opening Lyrics:

What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawin’ me in and you kickin’ me out
You’ve got my head spinnin’, no kiddin’
I can’t pin you down
What’s goin’ on in that beautiful mind?
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me
But I’ll be alright
My head’s under water, but I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind
‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginnin’
Even when I lose, I’m winnin’


More Songs to Listen to:

John Legend: Top 5 Songs



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