John Legend J. Legend, Jo, John, John Ledgend, John Stephens, Legend, N. J. LegendBorn December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio, John is a multi-talented musician who later moved to Philadelphia, attending the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Before diving into a full-time career in the music biz, he was music/choir director for nine years at the Philly-area's Bethel A.M.E. Church. His influences stem from classic soul and gospel legends, creating his own style. He learned to play piano at an early age. He has made appearances on many R&B/Hip-Hop records from the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Eve, Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, and Alicia Keys, among many others. John has been performing for a long time; since 2000, he started performing more and more. It wasn't until he met Chicago's rising star, Kanye West, when people in the music industry started to take notice. December 28, 2004 is the U.S. release date of his debut CD for Sony Urban, Get Lifted, with production from BEP's Will.I.Am, his long-time associates, Dave Tozer & Devo Harris, and, naturally, Kanye West, who is behind the boards for his debut single, "Used To Love U".