Legend at the VMAs in August
Newcomer John Legend makes me believe that the neo soul movement is stronger than ever before. Together with Van Hunt, Jill Scott, Floetry, the Roots and Angie Stone, Legend presents a crisp, clean sound that captures both heart and soul. I first met the singer/pianist at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami and I was impressed by his charismatic, yet humble presence. Groomed by Kanye West, this boy is made for the music business.
Legend was born in Ohio and moved to Philadelphia at age 16 to attend college. After finishing his studies, he moved to New York City to play different nightclubs. He quickly built a reputation as a session pianist working with artists like Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Talib Kewli, Lauryn Hill and Kanye West. Ultimately, it was West who signed Legend to his own production company KonMan Music. Legend is currently on tour with Usher and Kanye West.
The singer is set to release his first major release "Get Lifted" on January 5. An album that is buzzing with excitement, and promises to combine modern-day sentiments with an old-school flair. His sound is rooted in gospel and soul, but includes elements of hip-hop (not a suprise with Kanye West as his mentor). His lyrics are smart and witty to create an overall upbeat, feel good vibe in his music.
Check out Legend's first single "Used To Love U," which is available for free at iTunes this week.