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Usher Raymond became an r'n'b superstar at the age of 14, upon the release of his self-titled debut album, produced by Sean "P Diddy" Coombs.
The follow-up contained the international smash hit You Make Me Wanna, which carried his appeal over to a mainstream audience.
Since then, Usher has had numerous chart topping successes, including the singles Yeah!, Burn and Pop Ya Collar.
Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher's career since he was first discovered twenty years ago on Star Search. Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including 8 Grammys and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade, as well as achieving 5x platinum status in the UK. Usher has attained an impressive four UK #1 singles and five Top 5 albums (including 3 #1s), with album sales surpassing 3 million.
Usher is currently working on his forthcoming 8th studio album and preparing for his World Tour. Earlier this year he completed filming his role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of champion boxer Roberto Duran which co-stars Robert De Niro and is due in theaters early 2015. In addition, Usher recently completed his second season as a coach on the US version of "The Voice" where he proved his top-notch coaching capability by mentoring Josh Kaufman who became the champion of season 6.