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Anthony Hamilton - 61% match to John Legend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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28 January 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Soul vocalist Hamilton was raised in Charlotte, and began singing as a member of his local church choir before graduating to the city’s nightclub circuit. He relocated to New York City in 1993 and signed a recording contract with Uptown Records, but plans to release his completed debut album fell through when the label fo Read more

Robin Thicke - 55% match to John Legend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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10 March 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. The son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring, Robin Thicke made a name for himself at the start of the new millennium as a songwriter before launching his own career with a series of slick, pop soul records. Thicke spent his childhood and early teens immersed in music, and was no doubt inspired by the success enjoyed by his mot Read more

Maxwell - 54% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Usher - 53% match to John Legend

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Usher Raymond IV, 14 October 1978, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Originally drawn from LaFace Records’ seemingly inexhaustible wellspring of young R&B acts in the mid-90s, Usher is one of the few who can boast of real star quality and staying power. Indeed, after the release of his self-titled debut in 1994, there seemed to be a danger that he would become better kno Read more

Aloe Blacc - 43% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Trey Songz - 43% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Tremaine Aldon Neverson, 28 November 1984, Petersburg, Virginia, USA. This smooth-voiced R&B artist was initially inspired by rap music but was encouraged to concentrate on singing by his family and friends. At the age of 15 he met his mentor, noted soul producer Troy Taylor, who coached the young teenager in vocal techniques and landed him his first break in 2004 by sec Read more

Ne-Yo - 42% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Shaffer Chimere Smith, 18 October 1982, Camden, Arkansas, USA. This R&B singer-songwriter began his music career in the late 90s as a songwriter, co-writing material for an impressive number of artists including Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna and Tyrese. His most notable success was as co-author of Mario’s 2004 chart-topper ‘Let Me Love Yo Read more

Pharrell Williams - 42% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
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5 April 1973, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Williams rose to fame as one half of the Neptunes, probably the most influential production/songwriting team of the early 00s. Williams and his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo began working together at the start of the 90s, and after a number of years behind the scenes moved into the rap mainstream at the end of the decade with a serie Read more

Alicia Keys - 40% match to John Legend

Genres: Music Theme Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Alicia Augello-Cook, 25 January 1980, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. This highly talented US singer-songwriter and pianist enjoyed immediate success when her 2001 debut album, released on Clive Davis’ J Records label, went straight to the top of the US charts. A classically trained pianist and former student at Manhattan’s Professional Performance Arts Sc Read more

India.Arie - 40% match to John Legend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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India Arie Simpson, 3 October 1975, Denver, Colorado, USA. This Atlanta, Georgia, USA-based singer-songwriter made an immediate impact on the neo-soul scene with the release of her debut Acoustic Soul in March 2001. Her parents named her India in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, with her mother adding Arie (Hebrew for ‘lion’). The singer later added the web-style dot to g Read more

Miguel - 40% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Common - 36% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jnr., 13 March 1972, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Originally recording under the expanded pseudonym Common Sense, Lynn is one of the more enlightened contemporary rappers, proffering a heady mix of verbiage and syncopated hip-hop rhythms. He made his debut in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar?, a series of tracts on consumer identity with the occasional lapse in Read more

Justin Timberlake - 36% match to John Legend

Genres: Dance Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Spoken Word
Decades Active: 2000s
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31 January 1981, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Timberlake rose to fame in the late 90s as a member of hugely popular US vocal group *NSYNC, with whom he enjoyed a string of bestselling singles and albums. Timberlake became the most prominent member of the group owing to his personal relationship with teen pop queen Britney Spears, although by the time he launched his solo career Read more

Sam Smith - 36% match to John Legend

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Chrisette Michele - 34% match to John Legend

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Chrisette Michele Payne, 22 December 1982, Long Island, New York, USA. R&B singer Michele was brought up in a strict Christian family; her father was a deacon, and she sang with gospel choirs in her teens. She made her mark on the US music scene as a session vocalist, and in 2006 appeared on major releases by Jay-Z (‘Lost One’) and Nas (‘Can’t Forget Read more


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