John Legend Recording artist, concert performer and philanthropist

Recording artist, concert performer and philanthropist John Legend has won six Grammy awards and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

John launched his career as a session player and vocalist, contributing to best-selling recordings by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West before recording his own unbroken chain of Top 10 albums -– Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008) -– each of them reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts.

John’s debut album, Get Lifted, earned eight Grammy nominations; won Best New Artist, Best R&B album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Ordinary People while selling more than three million copies worldwide. His follow-up album, Once Again, earned an RIAA platinum certification and a Grammy award for “Heaven”, which also won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. In 2008, John released Evolver, his third Top 10 album and embarked on an extensive world tour with his ten-piece band, his largest traveling production to-date.

Throughout his career, John has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. He is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, including Co-Chair of the Founders Council of Harlem Village Academies.