John Legend always strives to make his work to be the 'best' he’s ever done

January 02, 2021 - 38 views

John Legend always wants his work to be the “best” he’s ever done.

The ‘All of Me’ hitmaker isn’t motivated by winning awards, but whatever he sets out to do, he always hopes it can be even better than anything he’s done before.

He said: “For me, it's just been focusing on the work, focusing on writing songs, focusing on trying to get better as an artist and be as good a performer as I can be. Really focusing very immediately on the project I'm working on and trying to make it the best project I've ever done.

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John Roger Stephens

December 28, 1978 (age 42)
Education North High School, Springfield
University of Pennsylvania
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • theatre director
  • film producer
  • keyboardist
Years active 1998–present
Television Underground
Sherman's Showcase
Rhythm + Flow
The Voice
(m. 2013)
Children 2
Awards Full list
Musical career
Associated acts

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, film producer, theatre director, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, Get Lifted (2004), he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z's "Encore", Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name", Dilated Peoples' "This Way", Slum Village's "Selfish", Fort Minor's "High Road", and played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Legend's single "All of Me" from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Legend won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award in 2015 for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film Selma. He has also won eleven Grammy Awards. In 2017, Legend received a Tony Award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage. In 2018, Legend portrayed Jesus Christ in NBC's adaptation of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his acting role, and won for his role as a producer of the show, making him one of 16 people and the first black man to have won all four of the following awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony(EGOT). Legend is also the second youngest person to have achieved this milestone. Since 2019, Legend has been featured as a coach on The Voice.


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