John Legend on the Startling High School “Revelation” That Sparked His Music Career

From The Hollywood Reporter Magazine: John Legend made a startling discovery during his junior year in high school: He could write.

August 14, 2014

“‘It was a big revelation,’ the chart-topping musician tells THR. ‘My teacher made storytelling come alive for me and showed me that I could be a storyteller, too.’

Which explains why Legend, 35, is launching a program called LRNG (pronounced ‘learning’) — an offshoot of his 7-year-old anti-poverty Show Me Campaign — to help educators in New York City, and eventually throughout the country, develop tech-friendly teaching practices that make sense for 21st century students. Working in partnership with the National Writing Project, Legend’s latest initiative encourages educators to think in new ways about their jobs and sets up methods for them to stay connected to one another with mentoring and idea-sharing programs…”