EXCLUSIVE: John Legend Throws It Back to His Competitive College Days in 'Sing It On' Premiere
By Leena Tailor
Here’s John Legend like you’ve probably never seen him before!
The GRAMMY-winner premieres season two of his Pop TV series Sing It On on Wednesday night, and we’ve got an exclusive sneak preview -- including a throwback shot of young Legend singing his heart out with his college a cappella group.
The 37-year-old “All Of Me” crooner shared how he became hooked on a cappella while attending the University of Pennsylvania.
“I had grown up doing all kinds of music, but I also loved a cappella,” says Legend in the clip. “I loved Take 6. When I got to campus they had performing arts night to welcome all the freshmen and I saw a bunch of great a cappella groups that were on Penn’s campus. I auditioned for a few of them and decided to join the Counterparts.”
The singer-songwriter credits his time in the group for providing the “building blocks” of his singing success and forging lifelong friendships.
Given that the UPenn Counterparts made it to the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) finals in 1997, the ups and downs of competitive a cappella is something Legend knows all too well, so he helped launch the Sing It On docu-series last year.
Inspired by Pitch Perfect, the show follows college a cappella teams from Maryland, Austin, Texas, Massachusetts-Amherst, and Legend’s old stomping ground, Pennsylvania, as they compete to be crowned champions at the ICCA.