Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Change of Pace...John Legend

Artists that I normally profile on this blog are either unsigned or are signed ready to explode. The artist I'm profiling in this entry has already won six Grammies.

However, I still feel that John Legend needs attention.

He may be an R&B, neo-soul artist, but he has earned attention well outside of his genre.

He started out doing background vocals for some songs such as Slum Village's Selfish and Alicia Keys' You Don't Know My Name.

In 2004, he got signed to Columbia Records and released his debut album Get Lifted.

That album was led by the aforementioned "Used to Love U" and signature song "Ordinary People".

He very quietly won three Grammies at the 2006 Grammies and has since added three more to the mantle.

He's collaborated with Fergie, Sergio Mendes, Juanes, Fort Minor...even Stephen Colbert.

There are plenty of artists that people can discredit in the name of pop or R&B these days. John Legend is not one of them.

I leave this entry with his cover of U2's Pride (in the Name of Love).

1 comment:

Matt said...

I'd just like to add that John had a small but quite memorable role in the movie Soul Men, with the late Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes. Great movie.

I've really enjoyed these blogs because they've made me check out some artists that I might otherwise have overlooked. That performance of "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" was fantastic.