John Legend Could Turn Childhood In Church Into New TV Series
By Cooper Dowd, Contributing Writer
Although John Legend is now an award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, film producer, and theatre director, his joy for music came from humble roots singing in the church choir as a child. Now, it could be the subject of a new TV series.
“The ideal place for this would be ABC,” Legend told Variety. “Where we have a deal and where we’re working with the team from ‘The Goldbergs’ to help us find a writer to develop my story. They already did an interview with my family on Zoom to get some good dirt.”
While the show plans to be a fictional reimagining of Legend’s childhood, he still wants it to contain his story.
“They want it to be authentic and capture what it was like to be a 12-year-old starting high school—someone who was homeschooled and grew up in the church before that, and was musical,” Legend said.
The Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winning artist grew up in a working-class family where the church became a profoundly rooted characteristic for Legend’s family while growing up in Springfield, Ohio.
“I grew up with not only my parents being very religious, but also my grandfather was our pastor,” Legend told Relevant Magazine. “My grandmother was our church organist. My uncle took over for my grandfather when he passed away. I have uncles on my dad’s side who are also ministers and pastors, and one of my uncles is a bishop in Cincinnati.”
Although early in Legend’s life, the years of singing and playing piano in his church choir helped grow his passion for music.
“I love writing songs and performing on stage,” Legend said. “I get a lot of joy from it and give a lot of joy to other people.”
Although Legend holds close ties with his religious roots, he is not a frequent churchgoer.
Despite this, Legend did appear on the recent song titled “Drown,” which was produced and released by the Christian Hip Hop artist and music executive, Lecrae.