John Legend is an American singer, songwriter, and producer who debuted in the music industry in 2004 with the single "Get Lifted," collaborating with already-established musicians and signing to Kanye West's GOOD Music label. On Jay-"Encore," Z's Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name," Dilated Peoples' "This Way," Slum Village's "Selfish," Fort Minor's "High Road," and Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything," John Legend sang and played piano. The track "All of Me" from John Legend's fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It is one of the most loved songs by the audience of the singer.
In 2015, the songwriter received an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film "Selma." John Legend has earned a total of eleven Grammy Awards, as well as a Tony Award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage in 2017. John Legend played Jesus Christ in NBC's production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, which premiered in 2018. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his starring performance and won for his work as the show's producer, which ranks him as one of only sixteen people and the first black man to win all four major American entertainment awards, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).
Recently, it was announced that John Legend has signed with Republic Records, after being with Sony Music since the beginning of his career. With Republic Records, John Legend is going to debut a holiday single titled, ‘You Deserve It All’, which was released this week, and an album with his new record lable is due next year.
In a statement, John Legend said, “I am excited to partner with Republic Records in this next chapter of my career. Everyone at the label has been so wonderful to work with. I am thrilled to take this new artistic and creative journey with them and look forward to sharing new music with people soon.”
Republic Records’ president of West Coast Creative, Wendy Goldstein, said, “There’s just no one like John Legend. He’s the consummate 21st-century superstar whose impact across culture and the world at large only continues to expand. We’re so honored to join forces with him as he launches this next era with some of his most powerful music yet.”
'You Deserve It All,' John Legend's Republic Records single, is released in collaboration with LG Signature, LG Electronics' premium brand. John Legend has joined LG as a brand ambassador, and the two have cooperated on a holiday campaign called "Legendary Gift: The Signature". The new album is produced by Raphael Saadiq, and co-written by John Legend and Meghan Trainor. "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," a duet between Legend and Trainor, earned Legend's second top 10 song on the Hot 100 in 2015, peaking at No. 8.
During an interview with Variety cover story in August 2020, John Legend spoke about the pending expiration of his deal with Sony Music said, “The way you monetize your work is through so many other things, beyond streams and physical sales. For me, recording is about building my legacy and my brand, and using it as a calling card to do other things, like perform live. We can do it on our own; the question is, do we want to? Columbia has been cool. I’ve been there since the beginning of my career, and we’ve had a lot of success together. Obviously, personnel changes matter — [chairman/CEO] Ron Perry is fairly new there, and we’re getting to know each other — but we’ve had a great run there. Ask me in a year.”
The singer’s affiliation with Sony Music started with his debut album in 2004, ‘Get Lifted’ which remains his career’s bestseller with 2.8 million units. According to Variety, originally he was co-signed with G.O.O.D., the imprint founded by Kanye West, and his last album with Sony Music was with ‘Bigger Love’, in 2020. 39-year-old John Legend won a Primetime Emmy Award as one of the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concerts.
Sony Music is losing ground in the industry, as BTS, the Korean pop superstar, has recently moved to Universal Music, and R&B legend Maxwell has recently left Sony.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen recently hosted an in-person political fundraiser in Los Angeles for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. According to sources, Sunday's dinner earned approximately $1.1 million, making it their most successful fundraising for the DSCC to date. The occasion was the entertainment power couple's third fundraising event for the Senate election cycle.