John Legend shot to prominence in a relatively short span of time and all that is down to the hard work he has put in over the years which has complimented his immense talents. He has been among the most successful artists of the last few years and for that he deserves all the credit he gets. He has hit the road for a series of live performances around the country. Music enthusiasts have bought John Legend tickets every time he has decided to step on to the stage and it is not expected to be any different this time around either.
John Legend started to play piano for the first time when he was only four years old. Just three years after that he was performing with church choirs. He went to study at the University of Pennsylvania and that is where he joined and fronted a jazz group named Counterparts. His skills started to gain recognition. Soon enough, he got the chance to show his piano skills on “Everything Is Everything,” a track by none other than Lauryn Hill.
John Legend then began to sing in and around Philadelphia on a small scale. He also started to work on his own music and in the year 2001, he got the chance to meet Kanye West who was an up-and-coming artist himself back then. Legend was signed to West’s label and that is when his career really took off.
John Legend made his debut with the album “Get Lifted” which came out in music stores in 2004. The album went on to be a big hit and went two times platinum. The album also fared well on the international front and Legend won three Grammys for it. Legend’s second album was titled “Once Again” and it came out in 2006. The album went on to sell over a million copies and earned platinum status on its way to winning a Grammy.
Then came “Evolver” two years later and became John Legend’s third straight hit. It didn’t do quite as well as its two predecessors but it still was certified gold. His most recent album was titled “Love in the Future” and it was released in August 2013. It has since gone on to receive quite a lot of positive feedback from critics like “Allmusic,” ‘The Observer” and the “Rolling Stones.”
John Legend has won some of the most prestigious awards and that too, multiple times over. His incredible haul includes one BET Award out of four nominations. He has earned a staggering twenty one Grammy nominations out of which he has managed to win nine. Legend also has one MOBO Award and three Soul Train Music Awards to his name. In total he has been nominated for thirty five different awards and has managed to win fourteen out of those which is nothing short of remarkable.
John Legend has made quite an impact in the music industry and this is just the beginning of a career that will go far. He is now at the top and like all great artists; he has the potential to stay there for a long time.