Usher, in full Usher Terry Raymond IV, (conceived October 14, 1978, Dallas, Texas, U.S.), American performer whose smooth vocals and sexy melodies built up him as a musicality and-blues genius in the late 1990s.

As an adolescent in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Usher sang in chapel ensembles yet looked for section into the standard music industry by entering ability appears. At age 12 he moved with his mom and sibling to Atlanta, and after two years he verified a chronicle contract with LaFace Records. The collection Usher was discharged in 1994, with the 15-year-old vocalist moving past his choirboy foundation by announcing that “it’s just a sexual thing” on the moderate score single “Would u be able to Get mind It.” The collection was not a business achievement, and Usher spent the following couple of years taking a shot at a development, My Way (1997), which stamped him as a noteworthy R&B star. His singles “You Make Me Wanna” and “Pleasant and Slow” wound up major R&B hits (the last additionally bested Billboard’s everything sort singles diagram), and the entertainer contacted more noteworthy crowds through appearances on network shows (he had a repetitive job on UPN’s Moesha arrangement). In front of an audience exhibitions, he indicated ability as an artist that was as eminent as his liquid performing voice.

Usher’s third studio collection, 8701 (2001), further solidified his notoriety for being a smooth, enchanting, and bankable craftsman. Music from 8701 gave Usher two number-one pop hits, “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad,” and his initial two Grammy Awards. On his fourth collection, Confessions (2004), he broadened his range past melodies, working together most broadly with Atlanta rappers Lil Jon and Ludacris on the rambunctious radio-ruling single “Definitely!” Confessions inevitably sold in excess of 10 million duplicates in the United States alone and earned Usher three Grammy Awards—for best contemporary R&B collection, best R&B execution by a pair or gathering (for “My Boo,” a two part harmony with Alicia Keys), and best rap/sung coordinated effort (for “Yeah!”).

Then, Usher kept on showing up in different network shows, including the period dramatization American Dreams (2002) in the job of Marvin Gaye. In 2005 he featured as a plate racer who secures a mobster’s little girl in the film In the Mix, however his acting, and the film in general, got negative audits. The next year he depicted Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway melodic Chicago.

Following a four-year break, Usher came back to recording with Here I Stand (2008), a deep collection that saw the reckless lothario of 8701 and Confessions sink into the everyday practice of family life. The subsequent collection, Raymond v. Raymond (2010), kept on filling in as a window into Usher’s private life, yet it was a dull impression of Here I Stand, as it followed the breaking down of his marriage. In 2011 Raymond v. Raymond won a Grammy for best contemporary R&B collection, and the single “There Goes My Baby” won for best male R&B execution. After two years Usher got another Grammy, for the cunningly limited single “Peak.” The melody was among the features of Looking 4 Myself (2012), a broad collection that discovered him progressively affected by electronic move music. Usher’s eighth studio collection, Hard II Love, was discharged in 2016. “A” (2018) drew blended surveys.

During this time Usher kept on acting. He had repeating jobs on different TV arrangement, and he showed up in such movies as Hands of Stone (2016), in which he depicted Sugar Ray Leonard, and Burden (2018), in view of a genuine story.

Notwithstanding performing, Usher turned into a section proprietor of the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005. In 2013–14 he filled in as a mentor on the broadcast singing challenge The Voice. His philanthropy work included New Look Foundation, an association he set up to assistance teach young people from lower-class foundations about the matter of excitement the board. The association was additionally engaged with the endeavors to modify New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (2005).