John Legend (born December 28, 1978 as John Roger Stephens) is an American singer-songwriter and actor.
Prior to the release of his first album, he gained momentum by working with several established artists. Said album, Get Lifted, was released 2004; it included the much-acclaimed single "Ordinary People". In 2014, he hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "All of Me", a single off his fourth album, Love in the Future.
Legend wrote "Glory" for the 2015 film Selma with Common, and for the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast (2017) he performed a Rewritten Pop Version of the titular song with Ariana Grande. He's also an occasional actor; he appeared in La La Land among other works.
He married model Chrissy Teigen in 2013 with whom he has four children.
- Get Lifted (2004)
- Once Again (2006)
- Evolver (2008)
- Love in the Future (2013)
- Darkness and Light (2016)
- A Legendary Christmas (2018)
- Bigger Love (2020)
Tropes in his music:
- Beautiful Tears: "All of Me" has him reassure his love interest that "even when you're crying, you're beautiful too".
- Gift of Song: Legend wrote the song "All of Me" as a wedding present for his soon-to-be wife Chrissy Teigen.
- It's Okay to Cry: "All of Me" has the singer telling his Love Interest that she's beautiful even when she's crying and she shouldn't feel that she has to be perfect around him.
- Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: The title of his 2016 album, Darkness and Light.
- Make-Out Kids: Sung about in "PDA".You know I love it when you’re loving me
Sometimes it’s better when it’s publicly
I’m not ashamed, I don’t care who sees
Us hugging and kissing, a love exhibition oh
- This Is Reality: The premise of "Ordinary People". The singer tells his lover that they don't live in a movie and they've passed the Happily Ever After honeymoon phase, which means they have to face all the realistic problems of their relationship head-on.
- Warts and All: The lyrics of "All of Me":"Cos all of me, loves all of you"
"All your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections"