Mostly Credited As: Usher
Sometimes Credited As: Usher Raymond

Birth Name: Usher Raymond IV
Date Of Birth: October 14, 1978 (Age 37)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5' 8 ½" (1.73 m)


Usher Raymond was born October 18, 1978 in Dallas, Texas. At an early age his family moved to Chattanooga, Tenn. He is oldest son of Usher Raymond III and Jonetta Patton and has a young brother named James. His stepfather was Terry Patton. Jonetta divorce when Terry told her to choose him or Usher's career. Jonetta still praises Terry and views the marriage as a good one. The family moved to Atlanta when he was 12 years old and that is where he started entering talent shows. Eventually he made it on Star Search and was discovered by Laface Records.

For his first album, he work with Sean "Puffy" Combs and the album was considered a failure by industry standards. It produced the hit Think Of You. Usher soon worked with Puffy and Dallas Austin on a second album that was completed and never released. Puffy turned his back on Usher to produce the highly regarded but poorly promoted Back to the World album by Tevin Campbell. Tevin Campbell is a person that Usher hates being compared to at all times. Many view the Puffy/Usher relationship a failure since Puffy attempted to turn him into something that he wasn't-a street player (mack). (sound familiar Tevin fans?)
"Puffy tried to help Usher but he also made Usher into someone he wanted him to be, something from the street. Usher's not from the street Usher's mom (source Request mag)

"I wasn' t as hard a cat as the image they were trying to portray me. So, I mean, I lived up to it, but Puff Daddy sort of split, he got occupied with other things, the East Coast/West Coast war was kind of the thing, and I sort of fell back in the cut."-Usher (Request mag.)

Usher attempted to start his acting career by trying out for the WB/ABC sitcom Sister, Sister and never got the role. It's unknown what role he tried out for. He started suffering from acne and really felt sorry for himself. It wasn't until he met Jermaine Dupree that his life started to change.

Jermaine informed him not to worry about his acne and focus on his music. Jermaine listened to Usher something that many people didn't do in the past. Usher did what he said and returned with his second (third) album-My Way. It produced 4 hit songs and allowed his to crossover into mainstream media. He released 8701 as his third (fourth) album. All about U was released in limited numbers overseas with Pop Your Collar & Party being the only songs not on 8701.

However another version of 8701 was released overseas with theses songs. He wrote a movie script called Farscade. He calls it another version of Purple Rain. He was considered for the role of Marvin Gaye after he played him on NBC's American Dreams in a movie about the late singer. Another possible role was starring in Singing in The Rain remake. He completed a new album called Confessions for March 2004 release. He went on tour and promoting the best selling album of his career.

Confessions proved to such a hit that he released it again with four new songs in November 2004. On New Year's Eve Usher's mini movie featuring the four new songs (videos) will air during Dick Clark's New Years Eve Special. The mini movie featured Clifton Powell, Joy Bryant and Outkast.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Voice (US) (2011)As: Himself (Coach S04; S06)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (2001)As: Himself
The Bold and the Beautiful (1987)As: Raymond (1998-1999)
Episode Cast Credits 

TRL (1998) 
  September 9, 2005 07x7004: (Sep/09/2005) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart, Ariana Grande (Feb/01/2015) As Himself ("We Are the Champions" Segment), [Special Guest Stars]
  Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Foy, the New Basement Tapes 01x159: (Nov/10/2014) As Himself ("Pyramid" Segment) 
  Reese Witherspoon, Fred Armisen, Rick Ross 01x06: (Feb/24/2014) As Himself (Playing "Catchphrase") 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Danny Dyer, Usher 16x12: (Dec/19/2014) As Himself 
  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Miranda Hart, Ronnie Corbett, Usher 12x01: (Oct/19/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Miley Cyrus, Jack Whitehall, Usher 07x09: (Jun/07/2010) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Kristen Wiig, Timothy Olyphant, Nico & Vinz 12x06: (Sep/15/2014) As Himself 
  Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Rosie Perez, the cast of "Rent" 03x56: (Nov/21/2005) As Himself 

Extra (1994) 
  Ellen Degeneres, Usher 21x04: (Sep/11/2014) As Himself 

Entertainment Tonight (1981) 
  Fashion Rocks Special - Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher 32x308: (Sep/10/2014) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 170 63x170: (Sep/05/2014) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

MTV Video Music Awards (1984) 
  31st Annual MTV Video Music Awards 27x05: (Aug/24/2014) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Access Hollywood Live (2010) 
  Season 4, Episode 172 04x172: (May/06/2014) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Usher, Gillian Anderson, John Legend 32x142: (Mar/18/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Usher, plus World Record Week Ends 25x10: (Sep/15/2006) As Himself 

Sesame Street (1969) 
  Judy and the Beast 44x16: (Jan/23/2014) As Himself 

Conan (2010) 
  The Fast & the Dealing-with-Their-Fury-Through-Journaling 6 03x100: (Jun/13/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Oprah Prime (2012) 
  Oprah Visits the Set of The Voice 02x31: (Jun/02/2013) As Himself 
  Usher 02x06: (Sep/16/2012) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Usher, Nick Offerman, Pyramids 21x96: (May/15/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Dane Cook, Taylor Swift, Keri Hilson 18x162: (Nov/22/2010) As Himself (at the American Music Awards) 
  Liv Tyler, Judd Apatow, Usher 16x130: (Jun/03/2008) As Himself 
  Jason Lee, Usher, Neil Diamond, Brian Wilson 14x36: (Nov/14/2005) As Himself (as Usher) 

12 Again (2012) 
  Series 2, Episode 4 02x04: (Oct/12/2012) As Himself, [Featuring]

The X Factor (AU) (2005) 
  Season 4, Judges' Homes 2 04x11: (Sep/12/2012) As Himself 

Hackney 2012 (2012) 
  Emeli Sande & Ed Sheeran @ Hackney 2012 01x01: (Jun/23/2012) As Himself, [Featuring]

Freshly Squeezed (2006) 
  Series 4, Episode 117 04x117: (Jun/12/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Watch and Listen (2012) 
  Listen - Episode 10 01x22: (Jun/03/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Listen - Episode 4 01x08: (Apr/15/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Will Ferrell/Usher 37x21: (May/12/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Steve Carell/Usher 33x12: (May/17/2008) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Lindsay Lohan/Usher 29x19: (May/01/2004) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Oprah (1986) 
  Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular Part 2 25x129: (May/24/2011) As Himself 
  Lance Armstrong and a Special Tribute to Luther Vandross with Usher and Patti Labelle 20x02: (Sep/20/2005) As Himself (as Usher) 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 15, Show 115 15x115: (Feb/22/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

OK! TV (2011) 
  Series 1, Show 5 01x05: (Feb/18/2011) As Himself 

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 53x01: (Feb/13/2011) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 52x01: (Jan/31/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Super Bowl (1967) 
  Super Bowl XLV 45x01: (Feb/06/2011) As Himself (Halftime Show), [Musical Guests]

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Billie Piper, Usher, Being Human, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Duran Duran 05x07: (Jan/31/2011) As Himself 

The Xtra Factor (2004) 
  Series 7, Live Show Extra 1 (Result) 07x12: (Oct/10/2010) As Himself 

The X Factor (2004) 
  Series 7 - Elimination - 1 (Result) 07x12: (Oct/10/2010) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  August 3, 2010 18x215: (Aug/03/2010) As Himself 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 1, Show 181 01x181: (Jun/10/2010) As Himself 

Britain's Got Talent (2007) 
  Series 4, The Final 04x18: (Jun/05/2010) As Himself 

Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971) 
  Episode 6 (19th May 2010) 30x06: (May/19/2010) As Himself 

American Idol (2002) 
  1 of 10 Voted Off 09x27: (Mar/31/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Top 10 Perform 09x26: (Mar/30/2010) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Robin Williams, "American Idol" castoff Paige Miles, Usher 17x117: (Mar/29/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Jimmy Fallon, Anne Hathaway, Usher 11x119: (Apr/07/2004) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Elle MacPherson, Jon Favreau, Usher 05x139: (May/04/1998) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003) 
  Scott Family 07x10: (Dec/06/2009) As Himself 

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2001) 
  The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2008) 07x01: (Dec/03/2008) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Usher 06x82: (Jun/05/2008) As Himself 
  5/13/04 01x70: (May/13/2004) As Himself 

Dancing With the Stars (2005) 
  Season 6 Finale 06x21: (May/20/2008) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Usher, Bob Newhart 10x13: (Sep/21/2006) As Himself 
  Season 7, Episode 192 07x192: (May/28/2004) As Himself 
  Season 7, Episode 151 07x151: (Apr/01/2004) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 28 02x28: (Oct/07/1998) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Good Morning America (1975) 
  Usher, Germs In School, New Newscasters! 32x02: (Sep/05/2006) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Usher, George Clinton, Max & the Attack 04x103: (Nov/23/2005) As Himself 
  Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Jamie Oliver, Usher featuring Lil Jon 03x39: (Apr/01/2004) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Usher, Colin Quinn, Pink Martini 13x40: (Nov/22/2005) As Himself 
  Minnie Driver, Chris Klein, Usher 11x95: (Mar/31/2004) As Himself 

Billboard Music Awards (1990) 
  15th Billboard Music Awards 15x01: (Dec/09/2004) As Himself 

106 & Park (2000) 
  Usher, P. Diddy and Eminem (via phone) 04x50: (Oct/05/2004) As Himself 
  Damita Jo Janet 03x09: (Mar/30/2004) As Himself 

Top of the Pops Saturday (2003) 
  Series 1, Show 24 01x24: (Feb/28/2004) As Himself 

Punk'd (2012) (2003) 
  Missy Elliott, Hilary Duff, Usher 02x01: (Oct/26/2003) As Himself 

Soul Food (2000) 
  Nobody's Child 04x09: (Jun/04/2003) As Cameron Marks 
  Attracting Opposites 04x07: (May/21/2003) As Cameron Marks 

Star Search (2003) 
  Show #206 (a.k.a. the one w/ singer Usher) 02x06: (Mar/05/2003) As Himself - Guest Judge 

7th Heaven (1996) 
  A Cry for Help (a.k.a. Female Trouble) 07x10: (Nov/25/2002) As Will 

American Dreams (2002) 
  Cold Snap 01x07: (Nov/10/2002) As Marvin Gaye, [Musical Guests]

The Twilight Zone (2002) (2002) 
  To Protect and Serve 01x14: (Nov/06/2002) As Eric Boggs 

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) (1996) 
  I Think I Love You 06x13: (Feb/15/2002) As The Love Doctor, [Special Guest Stars]

MADtv (1995) 
  Episode #712 07x12: (Jan/26/2002) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Episode #401 04x01: (Sep/12/1998) As Himself 

All That (1994) 
  Melissa Joan Hart/Usher 07x02: (Jan/26/2002) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Usher 04x11: (Jan/24/1998) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Usher 01x13: (Apr/15/1995) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Saturday Show (2001) 
  Series 1, Show 4 01x04: (Oct/13/2001) As Himself 

The Famous Jett Jackson (1998) 
  Step Up 03x01: (Jun/17/2000) As Zhander Hall 

Moesha (1996) 
  Independence Day 04x21: (May/18/1999) As Jeremy Davis 
  Pajama Jam 03x22: (May/12/1998) As Jeremy Davis 
  Double Date 03x12: (Nov/18/1997) As Jeremy Davis 
  Keepin' It Real 03x08: (Oct/14/1997) As Jeremy Davis 

Promised Land (1996) 
  Baby Steps 03x20: (May/06/1999) As Winston 

The Parent 'Hood (1995) (1995) 
  Flaked Out 04x16: (Feb/08/1998) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Soul Train (1971) 
  Brownstone/ Usher/ Queen Pen Featuring Teddy Riley 27x07: (Nov/01/1997) As Himself 
  Bebe & Cece Winans/ RajaNee/ Usher 24x19: (Feb/25/1995) As Himself 
  Me'Shell Ndege'Ocello/ J.T. Taylor/ Usher Raymond 23x06: (Nov/27/1993) As Himself 
Featured Songs

Best Week Ever Songs:
NBA Brawl, Alexander and more + My Boo featuring Alicia Keys 
Reality Kids, the Boston Red Sox and more + Bad Girl 
So You Think You Can Dance (AU) Songs:
Top 8 + OMG (Feat. 
Top 20 + Climax 
Green Mile + Yeah 
Saturday Night Live Songs:
Steve Carell/Usher + Love in This Club, Part 1
+ This Ain't Sex 
Glee Songs:
Vitamin D + My Confession 
Oprah Songs:
Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular Part 2 + Oh Happy Day 
American Idol Songs:
1 of 10 Voted Off + OMG (feat. 
Ex On The Beach Songs:
Series 1, Episode 1 + Yeah 

Once stole his mother's car

Dislikes comparisions to Tevin Campbell

Does not like wearing Slippers

Considers his hotel room the coolest place to take a date

He didn't get a role on Sister, Sister because he froze up during the script reading

My Way album is a tribute to Frank Sinatra

Once smoked weed

States that he's good in bed

Has one unreleased album by Dallas Austin

The song "That's What It's Made For" is about his crotch.

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