After completing college, John Legend moved to New York, where he began to build a loyal following playing in nightclubs. He also became an in-demand session musician, playing and occasionally writing for a wide array of artists, including Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson, and Kanye West. It was not until
West signed the young talent to his new label that he adopted the Legend name with 2004’s Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory. Get Lifted, his first studio album, was released later in the year. On the strength of enduring single “Ordinary People,” the album reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200. This led to three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Once Again, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B/hip-hop Albums chart, followed in October 2006. Live from Philadelphia was a successful stopgap release that predated October 2008’s Evolver.
JOHN LEGEND will performing on June 6th 2007 along with India Arie and Vaughn Anthony.