Tennessee’s native son Usher Raymond, who began his outstanding career as a young person heartthrob, is having a large day – but this time, it isn’t associated with his music. Today, the handsome singer and entertainer is celebrating his 33rd birthday.
Releasing his first album Bring in 1994, a tender Usher worked under the tutelage of producer and mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs who worked on a couple of tracks on Usher’s debut and served as a co-executive producer. Usher’s sophomore effort My Way was a lot more mature effort from the singer and yielded the singer the recent selling singles “You Make Me Wanna,” “Nice and Slow,” and the album’s title cut. The singles helped propel the sales of the album, which reached six times platinum within the United states of america alone.
Usher’s third effort 8701 also went multi-platinum in 2001 but his fourth album Confessions released in 2004 is the singer’s highest selling album to this point – selling Diamond (10 times platinum) within the states and a reported 20 million worldwide. Following albums Here I Stand and Raymond v. Raymond were milder hits, both going platinum but nowhere near his multi-platinum efforts of the past.
Usher also dipped his hand into the acting pool, appearing within the Faculty, She’s All That and lightweight It Up while also performing a short lived stint on R&B singer’s Brandy’s sitcom Moesha within the late 90s. Usher also struck gold when talent manager and business partner Scooter Braun discovered a tender Justin Bieber on YouTube, bringing the teenager sensation to Usher’s attention. Usher eventually helped Bieber land a maintain his longtime mentor L.A. Reid on Island Records.
As probably the most successful entertainers of all time, Usher has long maintained his top billing status for having one in all R&B’s best concerts. An accomplished dancer, Usher’s moves has been in comparison to the late Michael Jackson – a known idol of his. The proud dad of two, Raymond V and Naviyd from his now dissolved marriage, Usher keeps himself busy at the moment by playing mentor to Bieber and diverse other business investments.
Happy Birthday, Usher!
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