The Artist Toolbox

In this episode of The Artist Toolbox, get a taste of the performance chops of six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend with host John Jacobsen. More than just good looks and what Legend has called a ‘presumptuous’ name, Legend’s innate musical ear and talent for fusing his early gospel influences with hip-hop, jazz and even classical music, has found him working with top names such as Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Eve, Common, the Black Eyed Peas and longtime producer and friend, Kanye West. So adept at weaving myriad sounds and genres, Legend seems to have created a signature sound, if not genre, of his own.

Legend's latest effort, Wake Up!, a collaboration with hip hop supergroup The Roots, has recently been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. Meet this charming, caring, and disarming man in his Manhattan home where he plays his baby grand in a rare, one-on-one talk with John.

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The Artist Toolbox

The Artist Toolbox

Director and writer John Jacobsen engages America's best artists in one-on-one interviews about their personal process in making great art and a great life. For more info visit: or contact host John Jacobsen at

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