The man, the Entertainer —-Usher Raymond.


Usher Raymond


Born in Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth Name Usher Terry Raymond IV
Nicknames Big Ush
Big Tyme
Mr. Entertainment
King of R&B
Height 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

Mini Bio.

Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton (née O’Neal) and Usher Raymond III. He began singing when he was six years old, joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother who acted as choir director. Jonetta, a single mom, raised Usher and his younger brother, James, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before moving the family to Atlanta, Georgia, when Usher was 12 years old. Cited by the singer as his best friend,

Usher’s mother continues to guide the teen star’s career as his manager, a duty she assumed after quitting her full-time office job several years ago. Upon moving to Atlanta, Usher began participating in various local talent shows. It was at one such exhibition, in 1992, that he was spotted by Bryant Reid, brother of L.A. Reid, the famed R&B producer and co-president (with ‘Kenneth Babyface’ Edmonds’) of LaFace Records. Bryant arranged for Usher to audition for his brother, and the popular producer was immediately taken with the young singer’s precocious talent–legend has it that Reid offered Usher a contract on the spot.

Usher recorded and released his debut album on LaFace in 1994. The record, which was co-executive-produced by Reid and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, generated the minor hit “Think of You”. Usher was only 14 when he worked on the album, and puberty proved somewhat of an impediment to the process. As a result, the producers brought in several vocal coaches in order to help him complete the record. Their efforts were not in vain, as the album captured Usher’s youthful exuberance and native singing prowess, not to mention the interest of many listeners. After graduating from high school, he entered the studio to record his sophomore effort, “My Way”, which was produced by Jermaine Dupri of So So Def Records, and was released in October of 1997, around the time of Usher’s 19th birthday.

The record was already highly anticipated based on the success of its first hit single, “You Make Me Wanna”, an impassioned love song in the classic R&B tradition. The song was an instant juggernaut, hovering at or near the top of Billboard’s R&B singles chart from the moment of its release, and it eventually spent considerable time in the # 2 position on the pop singles chart, second only to Elton John‘s wildly popular “Candle in the Wind ’97.” The success of “My Way” proved that the teenage crooner had won over the hearts of legions of listeners.

It also illustrated the artistic maturation he had undergone since his debut recording. This time around, Usher wrote his own songs, penning five of the album’s nine tracks. The remaining four songs were contributed by such R&B heavyweights as Babyface, Teddy Riley and producer Dupri. Usher spent six months living at Dupri’s house while recording the album; the time together, he says, helped them understand each other, and helped Dupri realize the genuine growth Usher was experiencing in his life. “My Way” yielded a second smash, “Nice & Slow”, that also put a chokehold on the singles charts upon its release, and the video for the song garnered a fair share of critical acclaim. Shot by famed hip-hop director Hype Williams, the video, which was filmed in Paris, features a dramatic romantic storyline that almost rivals the song itself. Usher was recognized for the strength of his recent work when he won the 1997 Soul Train Award for Best R&B Single by a Male, for “You Make Me Wanna” He also earned a Grammy nomination, though one of the few blemishes on his young career came during the awards telecast when he inadvertently introduced Album of the Year award winner Bob Dylan as “Bill” before an international television audience.

For the most part, though, TV has been kind to the kid. In addition to numerous appearances on programs like The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Usher has also been a recurring character on the syndicated TV show Moesha (1996), which stars pop songstress Brandy Norwood. Usher appeared on several episodes as Jeremy Davis, a boarding-school student romantically involved with the show’s title character. For the foreseeable future, however, Usher is concentrating on taking his musical abilities to the next level by perfecting his skills as a live performer. He’s had plenty of practice, touring on P. Diddy’s No Way Out spectacular, and with Mary J. Blige on her national tour.


Spouse (2)

Grace Miguel (5 September 2015 – present) ( filed for divorce)
Tameka Foster (3 August 2007 – 4 November 2009) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (20)

Chosen one of Teen People magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars Under 21” (1999).
American R&B/rap singer, who has sold approximately 30 million albums worldwide.
Attended and graduated from North Springs High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Broke up with Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas (2004).
Won two Grammy Awards, Best Male R&B Performance 2001 for “U Remind Me”, and Best Male R&B Performance 2002 for “U Don’t Have to Call”.
Is the godson of actor Ben Vereen.
Is a co-owner of the (NBA team) Cleveland Cavaliers.
At 12.1 seconds, he holds the record on Star Search (1983) for the longest note sung by a child.
Has a road named after him, the Usher Raymond Parkway in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Voted #1 on BET’s “All Shades of Fine: The 25 Hottest Men of the Past 25 Years” (2005).
Has known R&B singer Alicia Keys since he was age 16.
Celebrated his 26th birthday in the “Rainbow Room” in the Rockafella Center. Among the guests at the party were Sean ‘Diddy’ CombsPatti LaBelleDonald Trump and his wife Melania TrumpNaomi CampbellJay-ZJermaine DupriPharrell Williams and Mariah Carey.
Good friends with R&B/Soul artist Robin ThickeLudacrisT.I.Naomi CampbellMariah Carey, and Kevin Hart.
In 2006, he had to cancel all of his performances in the Broadway musical “Chicago” due to the flu, but finally took over the role of Billy Flynn on 22 August, receiving mixed reviews.
Married Tameka Raymond (aka Tameka Foster) in a civil ceremony after canceling their wedding six days earlier (August 3, 2007).
Ranked #47 on VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists.
Children (with Tameka Raymond Foster): sons Usher Terry Raymond V “Cinco” (born November 26, 2007 at 7 lbs 9 oz) and Naviyd Ely Raymond (born December 10, 2008 at 5 lbs 13 oz), both born in Atlanta, Georgia.
Was originally cast as C.C. White in Dreamgirls (2006) but later quit as he was unable to dedicate six months to the project. Keith Robinson was cast instead.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 7, 2016.
Was considered for the role of Detective Barry Frost in Rizzoli & Isles (2010).
Personal Quotes (6)

Strivers achieve what dreamers believe.
The best present a man can give a woman is his undivided attention.
I like a woman who takes care of herself – it says something about the way she’ll care for me.
[on training to portray a legendary fighter in Hands of Stone (2016)] You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard. He was an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring, and I think my dancing will make it easier for me to pick up his moves. I’ve been working on familiarizing myself with the ring, sparring and understanding how to move. He had such incredible discipline and was flashy and classy at the same time.
I want to be as passionate and dedicated in preparing for this role as he was every time he stepped into the ring. It’s an incredible story to be told. The metaphor of determination and struggle is one we can all relate to.
[in a 2005 interview] As I’ve gone around in my life, I’ve kind of had to turn acquaintances into family. They start out as people who are working for you, but before you know it, you create real relationships with them.
As I’ve gone around in my life, I’ve kind of had to acquaintances into family. They start out as people who are just working for you, but before you know it, you create real relationships with them.
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