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September 27, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER, gensleh@phillynews.com 215-854-5678
IT WOULD BE difficult to come up with a better spokesman for the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman' " than music star (and Penn alum) John Legend. Handsome, smooth, articulate and with a social conscience, Legend, whose new album with the Roots, "Wake Up!," dropped last week, was at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month to discuss the film and the importance of education. The 31-year-old, six-time Grammy winner grew up in Springfield, Ohio, where his parents were "very intensely focused on my being educated," he said in a suite at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
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September 8, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
John Legend's show at the North Star Bar Tuesday night qualified as a semi-homecoming, since the nuevo-retro singer got his bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, back when he was John Stephens and trying to make it around town as a piano-playing soul man. But the 28-year-old Legend wasn't hanging out in Fairmount for nostalgic purposes. He's got a new album, Once Again, coming out Oct. 24, and the North Star gig was what's called a "downplay" in the music business.
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May 7, 2008 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Declaring Philadelphia's Fourth of July "the premier event anywhere," Mayor Nutter announced yesterday that R&B artists John Legend and Philadelphia's Boyz II Men would be the top acts at the city's festivities. "We plan to dazzle with a fine array of activities" for the Sunoco Welcome America Fourth of July festival, Nutter said at a news conference at the Independence Visitor Center. "Between June 28 and July 6, we will have concerts, fireworks, a parade and a tremendous amount of educational programming, and we're bringing back to Philadelphia just plain old fun. " Legend, a five-time Grammy-winning vocalist, a pianist, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is to perform the evening of July 4 in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Boyz II Men, who have sold more than 60 million records and received several Grammys, are scheduled to appear the evening of July 5 at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.
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May 23, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In 2013, John Legend found intimacy. Along with marrying his longtime love, model Chrissy Teigen, Legend - one-time choir leader and University of Pennsylvania student - released the album Love in the Future . That quietly kinetic collection surprised some listeners with a new sensuality, a change from previous themes of romance and universal consciousness. On Tuesday, the Kimmel Center welcomed the well-dressed pianist and singer in a public homecoming that moved to an after-party at Bar Volvér in the Kimmel complex.
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December 4, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Things haven't been going too badly for John Legend since he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. For three years, the singer and pianist from Springfield, Ohio - real name John Stephens - worked as a management consultant in New York and Boston while eyeing a music career by playing gigs in such Philadelphia clubs as North by Northwest and the Five Spot. With the help of another ambitious young man named Kanye West, Legend put out his gospel- and hip-hop-inflected debut, Get Lifted, in 2004.
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December 28, 2004 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If resumes were record sales, John Legend would already have lived up to his stage name. The Springfield, Ohio-born soul singer and pianist - whose major-label debut, Get Lifted, hits stores today, on his 26th birthday - has impressive credentials. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, he spent three years at a prestigious business-strategy firm before quitting to plot his musical success full-time. Since then, he's contributed to an impressive array of R&B and hip-hop hits, including Jay-Z's "Encore" and Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name," as well as albums by the Black Eyed Peas, Slum Village, and Talib Kweli.
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October 24, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Back when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1990s and going by his given name, John Stephens, John Legend was a young man in a hurry. The Springfield, Ohio, native led an a cappella group, Counterparts, commuted to Scranton on Sundays to direct a church choir, and did gigs around town whenever he could. These days, the 27-year-old Legend - whose second album of suavely produced soul music, Once Again, is to be released today - is still on the move.
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May 17, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Despite a rousing ovation from the nearly full Art Alliance audience on Thursday, David Torn chose to end his set not with thanks, but with an apology. "If anybody thought I was going to play jazz or some kind of style tonight," the white-maned guitarist said, "I'm sorry. " Though some in the crowd - perhaps lured by Torn's production work with pop stars such as David Bowie, John Legend, and Madonna - may have been caught unaware by the evening's free-association sound sculptures, there was no need for disclaimers after his captivating, often-rapturous 70-minute set. Playing solo guitar mutated through a variety of electronic means, Torn conjured enveloping sonic environments as discomfiting as they were alluring to explore.
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October 26, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Piano-playing soul man John Legend has just released Love in the Future , his first recording since Wake Up! , the 2010 cover song collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. These are busy days for the 34-year-old University of Pennsylvania alumnus, Class of 1999, who grew up as John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to letting loose Love in the Future , which was artfully produced with the assistance of old friend Kanye West, the singer married swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen in September in Lake Como in Italy.
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August 6, 2010
Tracy Bonham One of the songs on Tracy Bonham's new album is called "We Moved Our City to the Country," inspired by her own experience shifting between Brooklyn and Upstate New York. It's representative of the hybrid charms of Masts of Manhatta (the album title comes from a Walt Whitman poem). Working with a small combo featuring former Beck guitarist Smokey Hormel, the violinist-guitarist and onetime alt-rock hit maker turns down the volume and offers a beguilingly low-key mix of urban and country - pop and pastoral - with hints of a jazzy vibe.
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May 17, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Despite a rousing ovation from the nearly full Art Alliance audience on Thursday, David Torn chose to end his set not with thanks, but with an apology. "If anybody thought I was going to play jazz or some kind of style tonight," the white-maned guitarist said, "I'm sorry. " Though some in the crowd - perhaps lured by Torn's production work with pop stars such as David Bowie, John Legend, and Madonna - may have been caught unaware by the evening's free-association sound sculptures, there was no need for disclaimers after his captivating, often-rapturous 70-minute set. Playing solo guitar mutated through a variety of electronic means, Torn conjured enveloping sonic environments as discomfiting as they were alluring to explore.
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February 24, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
SO THAT HAPPENED. The 87th annual Academy Awards had its moments, but too many of them were uh-huh moments. Host Neil Patrick Harris onstage in his tighty whities, a la "Birdman. " Anna Kendrick and Philly's Kevin Hart presenting the award for animated short because, well, they're animated. And short. Harris' following the Oscar win of "Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons with, "He won Oscar . . . ," set to the tune of the jingle for Simmons' Farmers Insurance ads. Yep, Oscar, the Everest of hosting gigs, has left yet another promising host stranded short of the summit.
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January 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Follow the bouncing Globes Know what really burned up Twitter during Sunday night's Golden Globes knees-up? Yep, that's right: The incredibly strange and incredibly cool appearance of rocker Prince . He's got two albums out and sort of just showed up to present the best-song award, which went to Common and Philly's own John Legend for their tune "Glory" from the flick Selma . All during Prince's brief stay, tapping the stage with...
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May 23, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In 2013, John Legend found intimacy. Along with marrying his longtime love, model Chrissy Teigen, Legend - one-time choir leader and University of Pennsylvania student - released the album Love in the Future . That quietly kinetic collection surprised some listeners with a new sensuality, a change from previous themes of romance and universal consciousness. On Tuesday, the Kimmel Center welcomed the well-dressed pianist and singer in a public homecoming that moved to an after-party at Bar Volvér in the Kimmel complex.
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May 23, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  K EVIN HART 'S EX-WIFE is causing quite the stir before her new reality show, "Atlanta Exes," a spin-off of "Hollywood Exes," hits VH1 in August. Torrei Hart, who met Kevin at Community College of Philadelphia before he hit it big, alleged the dissolution of her marriage was due to Hart's affair with his current girlfriend, model Eniko Parrish . "I never lashed out," Torrei told "Entertainment Tonight. " "I never tried to punch her in the face, even though I've had moments where - trust and believe - I wanted to KO her ass. " She added: "It does hurt that my kids have to be around a woman who broke up a marriage.
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May 16, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
THE SEA, sand and saltwater taffy used to be the big lures to the shore. Now the major attraction is often the chance to see your favorite club or concert headliners "up-close-and-personal" in a smaller and oft-times more comfortable venue than you'll find the artists playing here in Philly. A perfect case in point, playing both towns within days? Take, please, Big Act in a Smaller Room Lady Gaga . The dance-pop monster lorded last night at the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center.
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November 27, 2013 | BY MISTER MANN FRISBY, For the Daily News
    AFTER more than 30 years, the soulfully robust voice of music icon Donny Hathaway is making a comeback to some stereo speakers near you. Earlier this month, Rhino Entertainment released a four-disc collection, "Never My Love: The Anthology," that includes 23 previously unreleased tracks, among them 13 studio recordings. Hathaway died in 1979 after leaping from the 15th floor of the Essex House in New York City. He had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and was known for bouts of depression.
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October 26, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Piano-playing soul man John Legend has just released Love in the Future , his first recording since Wake Up! , the 2010 cover song collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. These are busy days for the 34-year-old University of Pennsylvania alumnus, Class of 1999, who grew up as John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to letting loose Love in the Future , which was artfully produced with the assistance of old friend Kanye West, the singer married swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen in September in Lake Como in Italy.
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October 3, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
WHILE I told you that Richard Gere , Dakota Fanning and Theo James will start shooting "Franny" in our town later this month, there's a movie with celebs lensing here right now. "Brotherly Love" centers on three brothers, including an Overbrook High School basketball star, living in West Philly. It is filled with familiar faces including Keke Palmer , Macy Gray , R&B singer Quincy Brown ( Al B. Sure 's son and P. Diddy 's stepson for those keeping score at home)
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May 7, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* CONSTITUTION USA WITH PETER SAGAL. 9 p.m. today, WHYY 12. * TED TALKS EDUCATION. 10 p.m. today, WHYY 12.   IT DOESN'T take PBS' "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal" long to get to Philadelphia, where the document got hammered out. First, though, Sagal had to buy a motorcycle. Traveling on a customized red-white-and-blue Harley-Davidson - what could be more American? - the host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" crisscrosses the country in this monthlong series to talk with people about the document that was ratified nearly 225 years ago and has been causing arguments ever since.
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