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John Legend is a Actor, Executive Producer, Songs and Executive Music Producer American born on 28 december 1978 at Springfield (USA)

John Legend

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Birth name John Roger Stephens
Nationality USA
Birth 28 december 1978 (39 years) at Springfield (USA)

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe, and one Academy Award. In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, his career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. He sang in Magnetic Man's "Getting Nowhere," Kanye West's "All of the Lights", on Slum Village's "Selfish", and Dilated Peoples' "This Way". Other artists included Jay Z's "Encore", and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song "You Don't Know My Name", the Kanye West remix of Britney Spears' "Me Against the Music", and Fort Minor's "High Road". Legend played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". He has gained chart topping hits from his solo work as well, including the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "All of Me". He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2015 for writing the song "Glory" from the film Selma.

Biography

1978–2001: Early life and career beginnings
John Legend was born on December 28, 1978. He is one of four children of Phyllis Stephens (née Lloyd), a seamstress, and Ronald Stephens, a factory worker and former National Guardsman. Throughout his childhood, Legend was homeschooled on and off by his mother. At the age of four, he performed with his church choir. He began playing the piano at age seven. At the age of twelve, Legend attended North High School, from which he graduated four years later. Upon his salutatorian graduation, Legend was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature.

While in college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts. His lead vocals on the group's recording of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" received critical acclaim landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. Legend was also a member of the prestigious senior societies Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society while an undergraduate at Penn. While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. Hill hired him to play piano on "Everything Is Everything", a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

During this period, he began to hold a number of shows around Philadelphia, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. He finished college in 1999, and thereafter began producing, writing, and recording his own music. He released two albums independently; his self-titled demo (2000) and Live at Jimmy's Uptown (2001), which he sold at his shows. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Legend began working as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. During this time, he began working on his demo and began sending his work to various record labels. In 2001, Devo Springsteen introduced Legend to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West; Legend was hired to sing during the hooks of West's music. After signing to West's label, he chose his stage name from an idea that was given to him by poet J. Ivy, due to what he perceived "old-school sound". J. Ivy stated, "I heard your music and it reminds me of that music from the old school. You sound like one of the legends. As a matter of fact, that's what I'm going to call you from now on! I'm going to call you John Legend." After J. Ivy continued to call him by the new moniker "John Legend," others quickly caught on, including Kanye West, and the name stuck. Despite Legend's reluctance to change his stage name, he eventually announced his new artist name as John Legend.

Best films

La La Land (2016)
(Actor)
Django Unchained (2012)
(Songs)
Selma (2014)
(Songs)

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Filmography of John Legend (12 films)

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Actor

La La Land
La La Land (2016)
, 2h8
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, John Legend, Sonoya Mizuno
Roles Keith
Rating80% 4.0478354.0478354.0478354.0478354.047835
Set in modern-day Los Angeles, La La Land portrays a romantic relationship between Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist, and Mia (Emma Stone), an actress.
Broke*
Broke* (2011)

Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about music and musicians, Autobiographical documentary films
Actors John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Nathan Johnson
Rating74% 3.7422953.7422953.7422953.7422953.742295
Broke* begins two years in the past, at the beginnings of Gray’s independent journey, recording demos in the basement of his friend's home. The demos come to the attention of producer T Bone Burnett who asks to meet and listen to more of Gray’s music.
Just Wright, 1h40
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Sports films, Basketball films
Actors Common, Paula Patton, Queen Latifah, James Pickens Jr., Phylicia Rashād, Pam Grier
Roles Himself
Rating59% 2.952342.952342.952342.952342.95234
Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a straight-shooting physical therapist and die-hard basketball fan who is tired of being a guy's best friend. She and her god-sister, Morgan (Paula Patton), are living together; Morgan dreams of becoming an NBA trophy wife.
Soundtrack for a Revolution, 1h22
Directed by Bill Guttentag
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about racism, Documentary films about racism, Documentary films about law, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Musical films, Political films
Actors John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, Angie Stone, Harry Belafonte
Roles Himself (performer)
Rating75% 3.76963.76963.76963.76963.7696
L'histoire du mouvement pour les droits civiques aux États-Unis a toujours été rythmé par de la musique, des mélodies salvatrices, des chants pour la liberté. A travers les différents groupes musicaux de l'époque, "Soundtrack for a Revolution" retrace les combats des esclaves noirs de l'époque.
Soul Men
Soul Men (2008)
, 1h40
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films, Road movies
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Leal, Bernie Mac, Sean Hayes, Jennifer Coolidge, Adam Herschman
Roles Marcus Hooks
Rating64% 3.248943.248943.248943.248943.24894
Two former backup soul singers, Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac), who have not spoken to each other in 30 years, reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased lead singer, Marcus Hooks (John Legend). Cleo (Sharon Leal), a beautiful young woman in an abusive relationship, accompanies them as a new singer; she is believed to be Floyd's daughter but is really Louis'. A few problems come their way, involving Cleo's wanna-be gangsta rapper boyfriend, Lester (Affion Crockett), Floyd's fling with Rosalee (Jennifer Coolidge) and a lot more leading up to their big performance at the Apollo Theater, and the duo reform a bond that they lost 30 years ago.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party, 1h43
Directed by Michel Gondry
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Concert, Hip hop films, Musical films
Actors Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Keyshia Cole, Common, Mos Def, Big Daddy Kane
Rating71% 3.597213.597213.597213.597213.59721
The film follows Chappelle during the summer of 2004, up until September 18, 2004, when he threw a block party on the corner of Quincy Street and Downing Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. The film features nearby sites including the Broken Angel House in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn as well as areas in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The film was produced before Chappelle's highly publicized decision to walk away from a $50 million deal to continue his hit Chappelle's Show, and gained prominence after the announcement.
Loverboy
Loverboy (2005)
, 1h24
Directed by Kevin Bacon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Kyra Sedgwick, Dominic Scott Kay, Kevin Bacon, Blair Brown, Matt Dillon, Oliver Platt
Roles Memphis Parking Lot Donor
Rating55% 2.75062.75062.75062.75062.7506
Most of the story is told in flashbacks from the opening scene to Emily's childhood and adult life.

Producer

La La Land
La La Land (2016)
, 2h8
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, John Legend, Sonoya Mizuno
Roles Executive Producer
Rating80% 4.0478354.0478354.0478354.0478354.047835
Set in modern-day Los Angeles, La La Land portrays a romantic relationship between Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist, and Mia (Emma Stone), an actress.
Southside with You
Directed by Richard Tanne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Political films
Actors Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear
Roles Executive Producer
Rating63% 3.194763.194763.194763.194763.19476
A young associate (Barack Obama) tries to win the heart of a young lawyer (Michelle Robinson) in Chicago in 1989. On their first date, they visit the Art Institute of Chicago, view a screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", and have their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor.
The House I Live In, 1h48
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors David Simon, Eugene Jarecki
Roles Executive Producer
Rating78% 3.9467153.9467153.9467153.9467153.946715
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage upon future generations of Americans. In 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.

Sound

Southside with You
Directed by Richard Tanne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Political films
Actors Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear
Roles Songs
Rating63% 3.194763.194763.194763.194763.19476
A young associate (Barack Obama) tries to win the heart of a young lawyer (Michelle Robinson) in Chicago in 1989. On their first date, they visit the Art Institute of Chicago, view a screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", and have their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor.
Selma
Selma (2014)
, 2h8
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about racism, Political films
Actors David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint
Roles Songs
Rating74% 3.7498353.7498353.7498353.7498353.749835
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) accepts his Nobel Peace Prize. Four African-American girls are shown walking down the stairs of the 16th Street Baptist Church until an explosion explosion set by the Ku Klux Klan kills them. In Selma, Alabama, Annie Lee Cooper attempts to register to vote but is prevented by the white registrar. King meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson and asks for federal legislation to allow black citizens to register to vote unencumbered. Johnson says he has more important projects.
Django Unchained, 2h45
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western, Spaghetti Western
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism
Actors Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins
Roles Songs
Rating80% 4.014144.014144.014144.014144.01414
In Texas 1858, the Speck brothers, Ace and Dicky, drive black slaves on foot. Among the shackled slaves is Django, sold off and separated from his wife, Broomhilda von Shaft. The Speck brothers are stopped by Dr. King Schultz, a German ex-dentist and bounty hunter from Düsseldorf, Prussia. Schultz asks to buy one of the slaves; when he questions Django about his knowledge of the Brittle brothers, for whom Schultz is carrying a warrant, Ace becomes irritated and aims his shotgun at Schultz. Schultz quickly kills Ace and leaves Dicky at the mercy of the newly freed slaves, who shoot Dicky in the head.

Team

Southside with You
Directed by Richard Tanne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Political films
Actors Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear
Roles Executive Music Producer
Rating63% 3.194763.194763.194763.194763.19476
A young associate (Barack Obama) tries to win the heart of a young lawyer (Michelle Robinson) in Chicago in 1989. On their first date, they visit the Art Institute of Chicago, view a screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", and have their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor.