Thursday, November 13, 2008

These 2 Penn Alumni Interview John Legend

John LegendIn light of his new recently released Evolver album, John Legend (C'99, Counterparts) was interviewed by 2 different Penn alumni for 2 different mediums.

Last week, Penn alum and WPIX Entertainment Reporter Emily Frances interviewed John (see video above).  Emily filled me in on some John Legend tidbits that I didn't know:
  • Legend is a musical prodigy. 
  • He started playing the piano at the age of 4 and he started attending the University of Pennsylvania when he was only 16-years-old. 
  • To fit in with the college crowd, he joined an acapella group (Counterparts). 
  • Legend was the first in his family to attend college and after he graduated, he worked at Boston Consulting Group for 3 years in NY while he was trying to make it.
  • He was an English major and lived in Butcher his freshman year. 
Then Jillian Ivey (C'06, Kelly Writer's House) sat down with John Legend earlier this month for the  Phillyist blog to talk with him about his new album.  In the interview, John talks about his new album and also talks about whether he'll be returning to Penn for the Counterparts 10th reunion this spring and why he loves Philly so much.  Check out her article here

Listen to Evolver tracks here

John Legend - Evolver - If You're Out There (remember when he performed this on campus HERE for the Obama Rally?)
John Legend - Evolver - If You're Out There

John Legend - Evolver (album)
John Legend - Evolver

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