John Legend – American singer, producer, and actor
John Legend’s real name is John Roger Stephens. He was born on 28 December 1978 in Springfield, Ohio. John grew up in an average American family with three siblings. His mother was a tailor, and his dad was a factory worker. John didn’t go to pre-school. His mother took care of the boy’s education at home. Stephens demonstrated his vocal talents when he was very young. At the age of four, he already sang in a church choir. When the boy was seven, he learned how to play the piano. Legend graduated from Springfield North High School with excellent results at 16. In one of the interviews, John admitted that he had a chance to go to Harvard. However, the young man chose the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied African American literature. Later, this knowledge helped him with writing lyrics.
While Legend was in college, he devoted most of his free time to the music. In 1998, he sang Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us” in front of the college audience. The students were amazed at his talent. At about the same time, John met a famous singer Lauryn Hill, who asked the young artist to help her record a single “Everything Is Everything”, which later became a part of her album, The Miseducation.