John Legend Information
When you learn to play the piano before you know how to ride a bike, you are sometimes considered something of a musical prodigy. Leaving Ohio at the age of 16, John Legend went on to major in English at The University of Pennsylvania but he didn't stray from music, becoming the director of the acapella group "Counterparts".
After school it wasn't looking like John's career was headed in a very musical direction until his old college roommate introduced him to a cousin, Kayne West. It's all about who you know, and since then both artists have made names for themselves. The foundations of their collaboration can be heard in both debut albums, John Legend's "Get Lifted" and Kayne West's "The College Dropout."
There are several ways to measure the success of a musician. In the ever important category of Grammy approval, "Get Lifted" won 3 of the 9 categories it was nominated in. Best R&B Album, Best Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Not bad for a debut album. In the musical world of collaborations, success can more easily be measured in who wants to work with you, for John Legend that seems to be everyone. From his start with Kayne West he has moved on to work with Lauren Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Dialated Peoples, Slum Village, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Snoop Dogg and Tony Bennett. And that is just to name a few. John Legend has parlayed his talents as a singer, songwriter and pianist into a successful career not only for himself, but for everyone he works with.