The story of how John became Legend is one wrought with hardship and trauma, but ultimately ends in hope. In a time when people need it most, John serves as a reminder that anything and everything is possible so long as you have the courage to try. We first met John Roger Stephens 16 or so years ago when he was singing hooks for Kanye West, then a rising rapper with major buzz and an opening tour slot for Usher. In Springfield, Ohio, Legend was born into a world of music. His factory worker father was a drummer, his mother sang and directed the church choir, and his grandmother was the church organist. By the time he was four, he was taking piano lessons and would soon start to write and sing his own music.