Usher Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, businessman, and dancer, born on October 14, 1978. His mother entered him in local singing competitions when he was 12 years old, and he caught the eye of a music A.&.R. from LaFace Records. He rose to stardom in the late 1990s with the publication of his second album “My Way” in 1997, following his self-titled debut album “Usher” in 1994. The album gave birth to his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, ‘Nice & Slow,’ as well as the top two singles ‘You Make Me Wanna…’ and ‘My Way.’ His third album, “8701,” sold eight million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards for ‘Best Male R.&.B. Vocal Performance’ in 2002 and 2003. We are here to help you celebrate his special day right here.
Usher Terry Raymond IV
King of R.&.B., Big Tyme, Mr. Entertainment
October 14, 1978
Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 14, 1978. His parents are Usher Raymond III and Jonetta Patton. Usher’s father abandoned the family when he was a year old. Usher spent his childhood years with his mother, stepfather, and half-brother James Lackey in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He started by singing in church and it was here that his talent became apparent. Usher’s family then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended North Springs High School, hoping that a bigger city would give him more opportunities to show off his talents.
In 1994, LaFace Records released Usher’s self-titled debut album “Usher” with Sean “P Diddy” Combs co-executive producing. Usher made his acting debut in 1997 on the U.P.N. television sitcom “Moesha.” His third studio album, “All About U,” was scheduled to be released in early 2001. The album was revised and renamed “8701” and released on August 7, 2001. The first two songs, ‘U Remind Me’ and ‘U Got It Bad,’ each spent four and six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. “Confessions,” Usher’s fourth studio album, was released on March 23, 2004. The song ‘Yeah!’ was in its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and its fifth week at the top of the Hot R.&.B./Hip-Hop Singles Chart. Since then, the album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, including over 10 million sales in the U.S.
Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of the musical “Chicago” in 2006. In 2018, Usher released his ninth studio album with the simple title “A.” In 2019, Usher released the song, ‘Don’t Waste My Time,’ and performed it at the Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020.
The album is released by LaFace Records, with Sean "P Diddy" Combs as co-executive producer.
Usher releases his third studio album, "8701.”
Usher receives a Grammy for ‘Best Male R.&.B. Vocal Performance’ for "U Remind Me," and he later wins the same award for "U Don't Have to Call," making him the only artist to do so, aside from Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder.
The album opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, selling over 433,000 copies in its first week.
Usher's album, "Looking 4 Myself," is released globally on June 8.
‘Bad Habits,’ is released on September 10 and peaks at number one on the Adult R.&.B. Chart, marking his sixth number-one hit on that chart.
Why We Love Usher
He offers his time for Philanthropy
Usher devotes a significant amount of time to philanthropy. He founded New Look, a nonprofit that has been improving the lives of marginalized teenagers for more than ten years.
He is a great dad
Usher has four children: Usher Raymond V, Naviyd Ely Raymond, Sovereign Bo Raymond, and Sire Castrello Raymond. He makes every effort to be present for them and loves them equally.
He is Justin Bieber’s mentor
Usher played a vital role in Bieber's early career. Usher was immensely influential in Bieber's early career, and he is responsible for a significant portion of Bieber's success.
5 Surprising Facts About Usher
There’s a road named after him
The town of Chattanooga named a street after Usher in his honor.
His mom is his manager
Usher's mother was a medical technician before becoming a manager, she has overseen Usher's career since its inception.
He is vegan
Usher adopted a vegetarian diet when his father died of a heart attack in 2008; he eventually became a vegan to live a better lifestyle.
He used to live with P. Diddy
After Usher won “Star Search,” P. Diddy offered him a place to stay and tutored him after he accepted the deal.
He purchased a basketball team
Usher's passion for basketball led to him becoming a minority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Will Usher go on tour again?
Usher is presently on tour and has 24 scheduled shows. Their next tour stop will be at Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, followed by Dolby Live in Las Vegas.
How did Usher discover Justin Bieber?
Scott Braun, a music promoter and talent agent, was among many who noticed Bieber’s videos and encouraged the 13-year-old Bieber to record demos in an Atlanta studio. While there, Bieber stumbled across Usher and set up an impromptu audition with him.
Can Usher play an instrument?
Usher plays the piano to give his songs the vastest spectrum of expression.
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