Usher Raymond IV

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Usher Raymond IV

NameUsher Raymond IV
Nick Name Big Ush
DOB14 October 1978
(Age 45 Yr. )

Personal Life

Nationality USA
Profession Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, businessman
Birth Place Dallas, Texas,   USA

Physical Appearance

Height 5′ 8¼″

Family

Marital Status Married
Spouse
  • Jennifer Goicoechea(February 11, 2024 - present) (2 children)
  • Grace Miguel(September 5, 2015 - December 28, 2018) (divorced)
  • Tameka Raymond(August 3, 2007 - November 4, 2009) (divorced, 2 children)
Childern/Kids
  • Sovereign Bo Raymond
  • Sire Castrello Raymond

Career Beginnings

Nurturing Talent: Born in Dallas in 1978, Usher's musical journey started young. Raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his mother, a choir director, recognized his potential and instilled a love for music. He joined the local church choir at just six, honing his exceptional vocals.

Mama Manager:  With his mother's unwavering support, Usher actively pursued a singing career.  She became his manager, guiding him towards his musical aspirations.

Showcasing Skills: By his teens, Usher was showcasing his talent at talent shows. A pivotal moment arrived in 1993 when he appeared on the popular show "Star Search".
National Attention: Usher's electrifying performance impressed audiences and industry professionals alike. This national exposure opened doors, leading him to a life-changing opportunity.

Star Search Springboard: Impressed by his "Star Search" performance, LaFace Records, a powerhouse label known for R&B and pop acts, offered Usher a recording contract at the tender age of 14. This was a major turning point in his young career.

Early Success: In 1994, at just 15, Usher released his self-titled debut album. While commercially successful with a teen-oriented R&B sound, it served as a stepping stone for the musical evolution to come 

Breakthrough and Rise to Fame

Usher's breakthrough came not with his debut album, but with his sophomore effort, "My Way," in 1997.  This album showcased a more mature sound and his first number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Nice & Slow." This critical and commercial success transformed him from a promising teenager into a rising R&B star.  Capitalizing on this momentum, Usher churned out chart-topping hits and critically acclaimed albums throughout the early 2000s, including "8701" and "Confessions." Tracks like "U Remind Me" and "Yeah!" became anthems of the era.  His smooth vocals, captivating dance moves, and undeniable stage presence cemented his status as a global R&B icon. 

Confessions and Global Stardom

The album that truly catapulted Usher into global stardom was "Confessions," released in 2004. This record marked a significant departure from his previous work.  "Confessions" showcased a more grown-up and soulful sound, with Usher incorporating elements of R&B, hip-hop, and even crunk into the music.  The album's controversial themes, hinted at by the title, resonated with audiences, but it was the infectious singles that truly did the trick. Tracks like "Yeah!" featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, and the emotional ballad "Burn," became ubiquitous on radio stations and music channels everywhere.  Usher's smooth vocals and captivating dance moves in the music videos further solidified his image as a global R&B icon. "Confessions" became a diamond-certified smash hit, selling over 10 million copies in the US alone and cementing Usher's place as a dominant force in the music industry. 

Albums

  • "Here I Stand" (2008)
  • "Raymond v. Raymond" (2010)
  • "Looking 4 Myself" (2012)
  • "Hard II Love" (2016)

Awards

Usher's trophy cabinet is overflowing with accolades that celebrate his musical achievements. Here's a glimpse of his most notable awards:

Grammy Recognition:  Usher has a strong relationship with the Grammys, music's biggest night. He's taken home eight Grammy Awards throughout his career.  These wins recognize his excellence in various categories, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album.

Billboard Domination:  Usher is practically royalty at the Billboard Music Awards.  He holds the title of the fifth-most awarded artist in Billboard history, with a whopping 18 wins.  These awards recognize his overall commercial success and chart dominance.

Beyond the Big Two:  Usher's recognition extends beyond the Grammys and Billboard Awards.  He's been honored at ceremonies like the American Music Awards (AMAs) and Soul Train Music Awards, receiving awards for Entertainer of the Year and Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, respectively.