Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Usher relocated to Atlanta when he was twelve. Raised by his mother, the youngster honed his singing talents in his church choir under the supervision of his mom, who served as the choir director.
He also showcased his singing in local talent shows where he attracted the attention of LaFace Records Co-President Antonio L.A. Reid. Usher was signed to the record label and began recording his eponymous debut album at the age of only sixteen. Co-produced by Sean Puffy Combs, Usher's first album hit the airwaves in 1994 and yielded the gold top ten smash, Thinking of You.
His sophomore effort, Mv Way, is certified quadruple platinum (5 million), marking his return to the music scene after a four year absence. Produced by hip hop song stylist Jermaine Dupri. Usher's second recording electrified fans, earning the superstar the moniker of the King of Hip Hop Soul.
You Make Me Wanna..., the first single from My Way, climbed to #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart and held the #1 spot on the magazine's Hot R&B chart for eleven weeks. Its music video earned an MTV video award nomination as Best R&B Video for 1998. This single earned Usher his first Grammy nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and a Soul Train Award for Best Male R&B/Soul Single.
The momentum continued with the album's second single, Nice & Slow, which reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Billboard Singles charts. My Way, the album's third hit single, sold over 2,000,000 copies (certifying it Gold) on its way to #2 on both the Hot 100 Singles and Hot R&B Singles charts while earning Usher his second Grammy nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performer.
LaFace Records recently released Usher Live, the album and home video.
Usher Raymond Facts
|Birth Name||Usher Raymond IV|
|Birthday||October 14, 1978 (41)|
|Birthplace||Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA|
|Height||5' 9½" (1m77) How tall is Usher Raymond compared to you?|