• Living Legend

  • Words + Music | Vol. 31
  • By: John Legend
  • Narrated by: John Legend
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,365 ratings)
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Living Legend

By: John Legend
Narrated by: John Legend

Publisher's Summary

This is the story of how a nerdy, homeschooled kid in the church choir named John Stephens became the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling, genre-pushing pop star we know as John Legend. For a long time, he led a double life—excelling as a star student while his home life was in shambles, working in corporate America as a financial consultant while moonlighting as a musician in nightclubs, always straddling a line between the person he was and the person he wanted to be.

These are his Words + Music.

Performing live at the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London, John Legend explores his history, presenting a combination of music and stories that reflect on the way themes like faith, freedom, and love have followed him throughout his life.

Listeners of John Legend’s Living Legend should expect an intimate, joyous, and thoughtful evening with one of the most talented and engaging performing artists of our time. Songs include covers of Paul Simon’s “Bridge over Troubled Water” and Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” as well as his own megahits “Glory”, “Used to Love U”, and “All of Me”, among others. It’s full of celebrity name-drops, inspiring stories of hard work and perseverance, and thoughtful reflections on creativity, faith, and freedom.

©2022 John Legend (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator and Performer

Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered twelve Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT.
Legend has released eight celebrated albums over the course of his career, including, Get Lifted(2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), A Legendary Christmas Deluxe (2019), Bigger Love (2020) and most recently, LEGEND (2022).
Earlier this year, Legend launched his critically acclaimed Las Vegas Residency entitled, "Love In Las Vegas" which began in April 2022 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Legend starred in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series). Legend joined The Voice for Season 16 (2019) and will continue as a coach on Season 22 (2022). John is also a Co-Founder and Partner of Get Lifted Film Co., a Los Angeles based production company which has developed projects with major networks including ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, and FX and brings elevated multi-cultural content across film, television, and books to global audiences alongside award-winning producers Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. They recently inked a first-look deal with Universal Studio Group’s UCP for unscripted series and an exclusive multi-year overall deal for scripted content, and partnered with Zando to form Get Lifted Books.
As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 and most recently, founded the initiative, HUMANLEVEL, which is igniting systematic change and building racial equity across American cities and communities.

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John Legend Answers the Audible Questionnaire

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The Legend

John Legend is the real deaI I appreciate his honesty and vulnerability with his fans,

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Mesmerized for nearly 2 hours

Have always liked his style and delivery. I imagined him in this intimate setting connecting with everyone present. Felt like I was there.

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This is for his superfans

I had to stop it. There wasn't any inspiration in the inflection of has voice while telling his story, It did not keep my interest.

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Wonderful!!

Wonderful story telling, as well as beautiful music!! Very relaxing, and a joy to listen to!!

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John Legend, I had no idea

…and now I respect, admire and love this talented, aware, open-hearted man. What an absolute delight and inspiration.

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Feels like you are in the room

Close your eyes, get comfy, and relax into this gorgeous performance of words and music. I learned new things about John Legend. His musical performance is exceptional as always. A treat!

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I appreciate His story

John is a good musician and story teller. I enjoyed this very much. Stay yourself and life will guide you to your purpose.

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The Legend, John

This was just a joy to hear John Legend sharing a portion of his life, his faith, and his music with his audience. I have always loved his music since the first time I heard him. He is so soulful and a true legend before his time. John Legend is so Kool! Don't Change "John Legend Kool".

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awesome

I loved this a real quick walk through his life with songs and just overall felt like I was apart of the audience this was delivered too

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Oh brother what a egomaniac

Spare me, please. Keep this sort of thing out of my suggestions. I cant stand this "artist"

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