September 27, 2010 |
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.
September 8, 2006 |
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.
May 7, 2008 |
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.
May 23, 2014 |
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.
December 28, 2004 |
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.
December 4, 2008 |
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.
October 24, 2006 |
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.
June 21, 2011 |
Midway through "Soldier of Love," the first song in Sade's concert at the Wells Fargo Center Sunday night, came an instrumental break of the sort that would normally be a prime opportunity to rev up the crowd, perhaps with a few eye-catching dance moves. But Sade Adu, the British soul band's singer and namesake, simply turned her head to one side, nodding sharply to the beat, a tiny gesture that she nonetheless made subtly thrilling. Most practitioners of Sade's brand of smooth soul mistake slickness for sensuality, a persistent problem for John Legend, whose opening set was ingratiating but characterless.
October 26, 2013 |
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.
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.