The American singer and songwriter John Legend has won two Emmys, 12 Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony award – making him one of only 16 living artists to have won all four honours. One of his songs, All of Me, written for his wife, the model Chrissy Teigen, has been streamed more than four billion times on digital platforms.
He was born John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio into a musical family. His father played drums in church, where his mother conducted the choir. John took piano lessons from an early age and soon became involved in arranging music for the church.
He attended university at the age of 16 and after graduating worked as a management consultant for four years, while pursuing his interest in music out of office hours. He signed his first record deal after working with Kanye West early in his career, and took on the stage name John Legend, releasing his first solo album in 2004.
Alongside his musical career, he has acted on TV and film, including a role in the highly successful La La Land. He has performed at three Presidential inauguration ceremonies – for President Obama in 2009 and 2013, and for President Biden in 2021.
John lives in the USA with his wife and their two children.
DISC ONE: Here Comes the Sun by Nina Simone
DISC TWO: They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) by Pete Rock & CL Smooth
DISC THREE: Day Dreaming by Aretha Franklin
DISC FOUR: Roc Boys (And the Winner is…) by Jay-Z
DISC FIVE: As by Stevie Wonder
DISC SIX: Love on Top by Beyonce
DISC SEVEN: L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
DISC EIGHT: Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
BOOK CHOICE: The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber & David Wengrow
LUXURY ITEM: A piano
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Here Comes the Sun by Nina Simone
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