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Usher Biography

Birth Name:
Usher Terry Raymond IV
Birth Place:
Dallas, Texas, United States
Singer, songwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Mother was the choir director of St
  • Elmo's Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN
  • Was part of the preteen singing group Nu Beginning, which released the 1992 album Keep Dreamin'
  • At age 13, he was spotted by a LaFace A&R scout at a Star Search competition
  • Released his first single, "Call Me a Mack" from the Poetic Justice soundtrack, at age 14 and made his solo debut album the next year
  • Three singles from his 2004 CD Confessions—"Yeah!" with Lil' Jon and Ludacris, "Burn" and "Confessions Part II"—made the Top 10 in the same week
  • Became a part owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005
  • Involved in various charity efforts, including the Hurricane Katrina relief concert, and his own organization, New Look, which aims to provide young people with a new perspective on life through education and hands-on experiences