2. He got his first critical acclaim in college
While Legend attended the University of Pennsylvania, he was the president and music director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts. While part of the group, he performed the lead vocals on a rendition of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” and received wide praise. The track ended up compiled on the 1998 edition of “Best of Collegiate a Cappella.”
It was also during his college years that Legend played the piano part on Lauryn Hill’s track “Everything is Everything” from her 1998 debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which was included in the U.S. National Recording Registry in 2015.
3. He was in the movies before “La La Land”
Many know Legend played the role of Keith in the Golden Globe-winning film “La La Land,” but that wasn’t his first stint on the silver screen. His actual first time in the movies was a minor role in Kevin Bacon’s 2005 film “Loverboy,” and in 2008, he played the role of a band leader in “Soul Men,” which starred Samuel L. Jackson and late comedian Bernie Mac.
He’s also had a few appearances on the small screen, such as appearing on the popular HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2007 and tracing his history on “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” as well as acting as a judge and coach on ABC’s “Duets,” in 2012.
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