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Usher, born Usher Raymond IV, is an R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and entrepreneur. Usher was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has been married once and has two sons.
Usher’s first experiences with performing include joining a local R&B quintet, NuBeginnings, at age 11. He competed on Star Search at age 13 which landed him an audition with L.A. Reid who signed him with LaFace records.
Usher shot to fame with his second album My Way which went platinum six times. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) ranks him as one of the best-selling artists in American history. He has sold over 23 million copies just in the United States and 65 million worldwide. Some of his most successful songs include Nice & Slow, U Remind Me, U Got It Bad, and Burn. His music has earned him several American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and Grammys.
Usher’s other ventures include founding US Records in 2002. It is a subsidiary of J Records, which is owned by Clive Davis. He has also acted in film, television, and theater productions.
Another one of Usher’s accomplishments includes founding New Look, which is a non-profit charity that provides young people with new perspectives on life through “education and real-world experience.” The charity has completed a number of projects including a camp for young people, revitalizing city blocks in New Orleans, and participating in the benefit basketball game “Challenge for the Children.”
The following video is the episode of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music’ that features Usher’s life story. It includes details about Usher’s rise to fame from choir boy to pop-music icon. Usher opens up about what it was like coming of age in the music industry and about his personal life. Watch below to see the full episode: