John Legend celebrated his birthday Saturday (Dec. 28), but he took the time to highlight another very important milestone in his life.
The singer penned a note on social media in honor of Get Lifted, his first major-label studio album, which was released on Dec. 28, 2004. This year marks the album’s 15th anniversary.
“15 years ago, we released my debut major label album #GetLifted on GOOD/Columbia Records. Thanks to everyone who has been with me on this amazing journey ever since,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I always had big dreams for my life as a musician,” Legend continued. “Even when I was a young kid watching the Grammys and Star Search and Soul Train, I wanted to be on those stages. When my parents played albums on their record player, I dreamed of the day when I would make my own records. But you never know if it’s all going to happen. And my biggest hopes and dreams have been exceeded by reality.”
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He then thanked those who played a part in the making of Get Lifted: “I’m so grateful to everyone who has been a part of it. So much of it started with #GetLifted. Special thanks to my collaborators on that album: particularly @kanyewest, @davetozer, @springsteezy and @iamwill. Thanks for believing in me before everyone else. Thanks for helping to shape my sound and helping to introduce me to the world.”