Usher Terry Raymond IV was born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas and took his first step into the limelight as a contestant on Star Search, which resulted in a record contract with LaFace Records. At the mere age of 15, Usher made his singing debut with the release of his first album Usher in 1994.
In 1997, Usher’s second studio album My Way debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 66,000 while its lead single “You Make Me Wanna…” became a gold and platinum-certified song and earned him the 1999 Soul Train Award for Best Male R&B/Soul Single.
Usher continued to dominate the radio with the hit singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad” off his third album 8701 climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The rising singer’s fourth album Confessions found similar commercial success following the release of its first single “Yeah!,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as “Confessions Part II.” The album went on to earn Usher three Grammy Awards for R&B Performance by a Duo or Group (“My Boo”), Contemporary R&B Album and Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Yeah!”).
After both Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, Usher followed up with the release of his EP Versus (2010) and his seventh album Looking 4 Myself (2012). He is currently working on his eighth album.
Aside from music, Usher made his acting debut in Sesame Street (1969) as an Elmo Slide Dance. He landed his first substantial role in The Faculty (1998) before making his starring debut in She’s All That (1999). His other on-screen projects include, Moesha (1997-1999), 7th Heaven (2002), Scary MoVie (2012), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Hands of Stone (2014).