Usher is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He was born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia.
He was born on the 14th of October and he is 40 years old as of 2018.
Usher was born Usher Raymond IV in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton (from Tennessee) and Usher Raymond III. He spent most of her young life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His dad left the family when Usher was a year old. Usher grew up with his mother, then-stepfather, and half-brother, James Lackey (born 1984). Directed by his mother, Usher joined the local church youth choir in Chattanooga, when he was nine years old. There, his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally. In the belief that a bigger city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher’s family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers.
While in Atlanta he attended North Springs High School.
He is married to Grace Migue.
He has two children named Naviyd Ely Raymond and Usher Raymond V.
Usher Music Career
At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. In 1994, he released his self-titled debut album, Usher. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, “Nice & Slow”, amongst top-two singles “You Make Me Wanna…” and “My Way”. 8701 (2001) produced the number-one singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad”, and top-three single “U Don’t Have to Call”. It sold 8 million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 and 2003.
Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, selling 20 million copies worldwide. Bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles; “Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II”, and “My Boo”, it has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop of the Billboard 200, and produced the number-one singles “Love in This Club” and “OMG”. The EP, Versus, also produced the Hot 100 top-five single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”. Looking 4 Myself (2012), also debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart and produced the Hot 100 top-ten single “Scream”. Raymond v. Raymond and Looking 4 Myself received Grammy Awards for R&B singles “There Goes My Baby” and “Climax”. Hard II Love (2016) peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Usher has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States. Throughout his career, he has sold 43 million albums and 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Usher has won numerous awards and accolades including 18 Billboard Music Awards and 8 Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, the number-one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed him at number 6 on their list of “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”. Usher has attained 9 US Hot 100 number-one singles. Considered an icon and sex symbol, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He owns the record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG); a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun that includes Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
Usher Discography | Usher Songs
- Usher (1994)
- My Way (1997)
- 8701 (2001)
- Confessions (2004)
- Here I Stand (2008)
- Raymond v. Raymond (2010)
- Looking 4 Myself (2012)
- Hard II Love (2016)
- Confessions 2 (2019)
- A (with Zaytoven) (2018)
- The Faculty (1998)
- She’s All That (1999)
- Light It Up (1999)
- Geppetto (2000)
- Texas Rangers (2001)
- In the Mix (2005)
- Killers (2010)
- Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
- Scary Movie 5 (2013)
- Justin Bieber’s Believe (2013)
- Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
- Hands of Stone (2016)
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
- People You May Know (2017)
- Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life (2017)
- Drop the Mic (2017)
- Burden (2017)
- Last of the Showmen (2018)
- Incredibles 2 (2018)
- Chicago (2008) (Broadway)
Usher Net Worth
Usher already made his name in the field of entertainment. As of 2019, Usher’s net worth is roughly $180 million dollars.
- World tours
- Evolution 8701 Tour (2001–2002)
- Truth Tour (2004-2005)
- OMG Tour (2010–2011)
- Euphoria Tour (canceled)
- The UR Experience Tour (2014–2015)
- Regional tours
- Share My World Tour (1997)
- The Velvet Rope Tour (1998)
- No Way Out Tour (with Puff Daddy & The Family) (1998)
- One Night Stand Tour (2008)
- RNB Fridays Live (2018)
- Televised concerts
- Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special (2001)
- United We Stand: What More Can I Give (2001)
- One Night, One Star: Usher Live (2005)
- We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial (2009)
- BET Presents: Love And Happiness: An Obama Celebration (2016)
- Neighborhood Sessions (Concert series) (2016)