Usher was born on born October 14, 1978 in Dallas, Texas the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III. As a child, Usher joined in their local church youth choir wherein one of the events his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally.
The Young Star
Usher developed a friendship with American record producer, Jermaine Dupri, with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, My Way , released on September 16, 1997. The album's lead single, "You Make Me Wanna", reached number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Usher's first record to be top single.
Usher received his first Grammy Award nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "You Make Me Wanna”.
Usher's second single, "Burn" succeeded "Yeah!" at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Usher sung a duet, "My Boo", with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. They won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance with vocals.
For years Usher has been named by his fans, critics, and peers as the successor to Michael Jackson as the new King of Pop. On several occasions Usher has stated Michael Jackson to be the biggest influence of his career. Despite being named the new King of Pop, Usher has stated that in his eyes there will never be another King of Pop. He also said that he wouldn't be who he is today without Michael Jackson. Jay-Z one of Usher’s closest friend stated that Usher’s tribute to Michael Jackson was fantastic.
Usher’s Biggest Influence.
In 1999, Usher participated in "Challenge for the Children", a benefit basketball game hosted by American boy band 'N Sync’. The event, which was held on the campus of Georgia State University, had raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities. In 2005, Usher was one among the artists who signed on for a Hurricane Katrina relief concert.
The Helpful One…
His wedding with Tameka Foster took place on August 3, 2007 in a private ceremony. In February 2009 Tameka Raymond suffered a cardiac arrest prior to having cosmetic surgery. In June 2009, Usher filed for divorce from Foster after claiming to live separately for nearly a year. The two were seen together holding hands in January 2009 during President Obama's Inauguration in Washington, DC.
Usher’s Personal Life
His first film role in 1998's was in the film The Faculty . Over the following year as he was cast in the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful . He completed two more films, She's All That , and his first starring role in Light It Up . Usher appeared in the 2001 film Texas Rangers .
Moesha as Jeremy (1997-1998).
The Bold And The Beautiful (1998).
The Faculty (1998).
She's All That (1999).
Light It up (1999).
Texas Rangers (2001).
In the Mix (2005).
Five Killers (2010).
3 Grammy Awards. 2 MTV Awards for “Best Male R&B Artist”. 2 MTV Europe Music Awards. 3 World Music Awards. 2 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. 1 Nordic Music Award. 3 Radio Music Awards. 4 American Music Awards.
My Way Nice and Slow You Make Me Wanna My Way Usher Crazy Can U Get Wit It Think of You
Confessions Burn Yeah! Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris Intro Pop Ya Collar U Remind Me 8701 U-Turn
Here I Stand Forever Young Moving Mountains Love in This Club Raymond v. Raymond Hey Daddy OMG (Oh My Gosh) Lil Freak