Actor, singer, songwriter Usher is a well-known R&B musician who started making music at the age of 15. In 1994, he released his first album Usher and followed up was My Way in 1997. These albums skyrocketed his career, sold more than 7 million copies. In 2001, he released an amazingly successful album 8701, which included 2 Grammy Award winning songs U Remind Me and U Don’t Have To Call. In total, he has won 17 Billboard Music Awards, 5 Grammys and several other honors. He is known for his broad vocal range, natural falsetto and sexy dance moves which have become his trademark.
Usher is the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III. His father left him and his mother when Usher was 1 year old ; therefore, he later grew up with his mother, stepfather and half-brother, James Lackey. At the age of 9, being encouraged by his mother, Usher joined the church choir in Chattanooga. Usher’s family later moved to Atlanta to provide better opportunity for him to develop his music career. He enrolled in North Springs High School in Atlanta. He signed a contract with LaFace Records and released his first album at the age of 15.
In 2001, Usher dated
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomasand broke up 2 years later. While making his music, Usher became interested in his personal stylist, Tameka Foster. They started dating in 2005 and married in 2007. He became the father of Foster’s 3 sons; Usher and Foster also have two sons together. In 2009, Usher and Fosterdivorced, Usher had the primary custody of his two sons with Foster.
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