USHER is one of the biggest music stars on the planet.
The multi-award winning singer-songwriter and performer has earned his place in music history though his iconic tracks and presence on stage.
Who is Usher?
Usher Raymond IV is a 42-year-old American hip hop singer and actor from Dallas, Texas.
His best-known tracks include Yeah!, OMG, Burn, U Remind Me, Pop Ya Collar and DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love.
He was born on 14 October 1978 and spent much of his youth living in the City of Chattanooga in the US State.
Usher joined a church choir when he was nine years old where his singing voice was first discovered.
His family then moved to Atlanta where the young star developed his singing further.
There, at the age of ten, he joined RnB quintet NuBeginnings and recorded ten songs with them.
Going solo, he first came to prominence by recording a track for the soundtrack to 1993 movie Poetic Justice.
When did Usher first release music and what is his net worth?
Usher released his debut self-titled album on 30 August 1994 under the label LaFace, and produced by LA Reid and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs.
His big hits, however, began to appear from 1997 with the release of UK number 1 smash You Make Me Wanna.
Usher has, as of 2017, bagged 15 solo UK Top 10 singles (including four No 1’s) and released eight albums (including UK No 1’s 8701, Confessions, Here I Stand, and the No 2 album Raymond v. Raymond).
The star has won 138 awards so far in his career – including eight American Music Awards, and eight Grammys – and is believed to be worth as much as £139million ($180 million).
Usher was recently criticised for allegedly paying exotic dancers with fake dollar bills that had his face on, rather than actual money.
However, sources close to the singer told U.S. media outlet TMZ that it was all a misunderstanding, and that the singer did leave an actual tip, as well as leaving a generous tip to the entire club.
What acting projects has Usher worked on?
Usher has dipped his toe into the acting world, popping up on TV and on the big screen.
He was possessed by water loving aliens in the Robert Rodriguez directed, Kevin Williams written classic teen horror The Faculty in 1998 and played a DJ in teen rom com She’s All That the year after.
He had a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful in 1998 and also on Moesha between 1997 and 1999.
More recently his main TV appearance has been as a judge on The Voice over in America.
Did Usher discover Justin Bieber?
While Justin Bieber was discovered by manager Scooter Braun, Usher is also credited with helping launch the Canadian pop prince’s career.
Usher and Scooter combined forces to found Raymond Braun Media Group in 2008 – signing the Biebs and unleashing his first album, My World, in 2009.
Is Usher married and does he have children?
Usher has been married twice – first tying-the-knot in 2007 to stylist Tameka Foster, but they divorced in 2009.
The couple welcomed two sons – Usher Raymond V in November 2007 and Naviyd Ely Raymond in December 2008.
Usher married a second time in September 2015, tying-the-knot with Grace Miguel (real name Michelle Grace Harry), who is from Brooklyn, has a son and daughter from a previous relationship and is also part of Usher’s management team.
He previously dated the singer Rozonda Thomas between 2001 and 2003 – who is more commonly known as Chilli from RnB girl group TLC.
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