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Also Known As: Usher Raymond, Usher Raymond Iv Died:
Born: October 14, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: singer, actor

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Abandoned by his father in infancy but raised by his mother and grandparents in an adoring household that prized music and singing, Usher enjoyed early success by signing his first professional recording contract when he was only 13. After a promising start and a well-placed first single, the onset of puberty and the resultant change to his once angelic singing voice threatened to derail Usher's burgeoning career. Through the mentorship of maverick hip-hop producers Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Jermaine Dupri, Usher was able to rebound with string of albums and hit singles that had him branded "Artist of the Year" by Billboard magazine before he had turned 20. A multiple gold, platinum and diamond record-selling recording and touring artist, Usher has also enjoyed success on television, the Broadway stage and in several Hollywood feature films. The charismatic singer-songwriter would eventually record with such chart-topping vocalists as Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige, performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2009 inauguration of President-elect Barak Obama, and even served as judge and coach on season four of "The Voice" (NBC, 2011- ). The subject of a rags-to-riches saga worthy of Horatio...

Abandoned by his father in infancy but raised by his mother and grandparents in an adoring household that prized music and singing, Usher enjoyed early success by signing his first professional recording contract when he was only 13. After a promising start and a well-placed first single, the onset of puberty and the resultant change to his once angelic singing voice threatened to derail Usher's burgeoning career. Through the mentorship of maverick hip-hop producers Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Jermaine Dupri, Usher was able to rebound with string of albums and hit singles that had him branded "Artist of the Year" by Billboard magazine before he had turned 20. A multiple gold, platinum and diamond record-selling recording and touring artist, Usher has also enjoyed success on television, the Broadway stage and in several Hollywood feature films. The charismatic singer-songwriter would eventually record with such chart-topping vocalists as Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige, performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2009 inauguration of President-elect Barak Obama, and even served as judge and coach on season four of "The Voice" (NBC, 2011- ). The subject of a rags-to-riches saga worthy of Horatio Alger, Usher's journey from fatherless child to multimillionaire philanthropist was a bona fide American success story.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Hands of Stone (2013)
4.
 Killers (2010)
5.
 In the Mix (2005) Darrell
6.
 Fade to Black (2004)
7.
 Texas Rangers (2001) Randolph Douglas Scipio
8.
 Geppetto (2000) Pleasure Island Ringleader
9.
 She's All That (1999) Campus Dj
10.
 Light It Up (1999) Lester Dewitt
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1987:
Began singing in the church choir at age nine
1990:
Won a high school talent show at age twelve
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Was named best teen male vocalist on TV's "Star Search" (syndicated)
1992:
Met producer L.A. Reid and signed with LaFace Records
1994:
Released debut album, <i>Usher</i>
1997:
Debuted on series TV playing the title character's (played by Brandy) boyfriend in "Moesha" (UPN)
1998:
Acted in recurring role on the CBS soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" as part of an interracial romance
1998:
Made film debut in the sci-fi thriller "The Faculty"
1999:
Appeared as a campus DJ in the comedy "She's All That"
1999:
Starred in the hostage drama "Light It Up"
2001:
Had featured role in the Western "Texas Rangers" (filmed in 1999)
2001:
Released multiplatinum album, <i>8701</i>
2004:
Released multiplatinum album <i>Confessions</i>; received eight Grammy nominations
2004:
Had a small part in "Ray" a film starring Jamie Foxx as the legendary blues singer Ray Charles
2005:
First starring role in a feature film "In The Mix"; directed by Ron Underwood
2006:
Made Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in "Chicago"
2008:
Earned a Grammy nomination for the title track from his album <i>Here I Stand</i>
2009:
Performed with Stevie Wonder and Shakira at Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
2010:
Released sixth studio album, <i>Raymond v. Raymond</i>; earned two Grammy nominations
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Notes

"I'm looking to be a triple threat: acting, singing and dancing." --Usher quoted in USA Weekend, August 7-9, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Chilli. Singer. Born on February 27, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia; member of the R&B group TLC; has one son Tron, from a prior relationship; began dating in 2001; announced break-up early 2004; was rumored that Usher cheated which led to their break-up, Usher denied this blaming their age gap.
companion:
Naomi Campbell. Model, actor. Began dating September 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Usher Raymond III. Separated from Usher's mother c. 1980.
mother:
Jonnetta Patton. Manager. Born c. 1957; quit job as a medical technician to manage son's career.
half-brother:
James Patton. Born c. 1984.

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