Name: Usher Raymond
Birthday: October 14, 1978
Fav Dish: Spaghetti
Usher Terry Raymond IV was born October 14, 1978.He is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee was where he lived until moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 12 where his mother put him in local singing competitions all over the city.
At one of these competitions is where he would catch the eye of a music A&R from LaFace Records. In August 1994 he released his self-titled debut album, Usher with the lead singles “Can U Get wit It” and “Think of You”. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, “Nice & Slow”.
The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). My Way also earned Usher his first Grammy Award nomination for his debut single “You Make Me Wanna…” that reached number-one on the Rhythmic Top 40, Hot Dance Singles Sales, and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts.His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad”. Also from this album “U Don’t Have to Call” won Usher his second consecutive Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2003.
Usher’s 2004 album, Confessions, established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one songs — “Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II”, and “My Boo” and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. His follow-ups, Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Love in This Club” and “OMG”. A follow-up EP, Versus, was released in July 2010 and produced the successful track “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”. His seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself (2012), debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2001, Usher began dating TLC member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Their relationship lasted for two years: they broke up in December 2003, followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of Usher’s fourth album, Confessions. His fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs. In an interview on The Bert Show on the Atlanta radio channel Q100 in February 2004, Thomas claimed that Usher cheated on her: “Usher did the ultimate no-no to me….I will never be with him again, and that is that”. Usher defended: “…it just didn’t work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash. That ain’t what broke it up”.
Usher quietly married his long time girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel in September 2015 while vacationing in Cuba. Speculation was made of the two being married when Miguel’s Instagram post showed a picture of a gold wedding band on Usher’s finger. He confirmed his relationship status during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show