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R&B professional singer Usher Raymond IV was born on October 14, 1978 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was raised there alongside his younger brother James by his single parent mother named Jonnetta Patton, who previously worked as a full-timer in an office. Usher began his singing career at his six-year age by joining the local church choir. Next at his twelfth year age, the guy followed his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began participating in various local talent shows. Later on in 1992, he met Bryant Reid, brother of the famed R&B producer and co-president of LaFace Records Antonio Reid, in an audition in his school. Got impressed by Usher's singing talent, Bryant attempted his audition for Reid, who at the end offered him a recording contract.
After that began working on his debut album, Usher's hard work came to fruition with the release of his eponymous LP "Usher" on August 30, 1994 under LaFace's wings which sad to say peaked at number 167 on the Billboard 200, making it his lowest-selling album to date selling a little over 50,000 units. In 1996, the will-becoming notable rapper had also made recording jingles for Coca-Cola and that year Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Soon afterwards, together with some other vocalists, Usher formed a vocal group dubbed Black Men United and recorded a song called "U Will Know," featured as the 1994 romantic drama film "Jason's Lyric" soundtrack, which became his most successful to date, reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 late that year and number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Charts. Graduated from North Springs High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Usher entered the studio to record his sophomore album "My Way" with 6 out of its 9 tracks were co-written by Usher himself. Released in October 1997, the LP went success as it reached number 4 on the Billboard 200, number 1 on the R&B album charts, number 13 on the Canadian charts and that its two hit singles; "You Make Me Wanna" (1997) and "My Way" (1998) had eventually led the album to be certified multi-platinum.
Singing aside, Usher also spent time acting, made his acting debut in the UPN TV series "Moesha" (1996) which led to his first leading film role in the 1998 "The Faculty," also starred pop songstress Brandy. The following year saw him cast in the daytime drama "The Bold and the