Grammy Award Winning Megastar Usher will soon preform in South Florida, with his new single “She Came To Give It To You”
s an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor, Usher Terry Raymond IV began dancing and singing his way into our hearts at the age of 15. His timeless hits and amazing performances have earned him a total of eight Grammys and an astounding 18 Hot 100 Top Ten Hits. Born in Dallas, Usher began singing when he was six years old, joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother who acted as choir director. Upon moving to Atlanta as a young teen, Usher began participating in various local talent shows and the rest is history. It was at one such exhibition that he was spotted by Bryant Reid, brother of L.A. Reid, the famed R&B producer. Bryant arranged for Usher to audition for his brother, and the popular producer was immediately taken with the young singer’s precocious talent and legend has it that Reid offered Usher a contract on the spot. Usher recorded and released his debut album when he was only 14 with the assistance of the producers who brought in several vocal coaches in order to help him complete the record.
Their efforts were not in vain, as the album captured Usher’s youthful exuberance and native singing prowess. He rose to fame in the late 1990s, after graduating from high school, with the release of his second album “My Way”, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, “Nice & Slow”. This time around, Usher wrote his own songs, penning five of the album’s nine tracks. “My Way” yielded a second smash, “Nice & Slow” that also put a chokehold on the singles charts upon its release. The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The record was already highly anticipated based on the success of its first hit single, “You Make Me Wanna”, an impassioned love song in the classic R&B tradition. The song was an instant juggernaut, hovering at or near the top of Billboard’s R&B singles chart from the moment of its release, and it eventually spent considerable time in the # 2 position on the pop singles chart, second only to Elton John’s wildly popular “Candle in the Wind ‘97.” The success of “My Way” proved that the teenage crooner had won over the hearts of legions of listeners. It also illustrated the artistic maturation he had undergone since his debut recording. Usher was recognized for the strength of his recent work when he won the 1997 Soul Train Award for Best R&B Single by a Male, for “You Make Me Wanna.” He also earned a Grammy nomination, though one of the few blemishes on his young career came during the awards telecast when he inadvertently introduced Album of the Year award winner Bob Dylan as “Bill” before an international television audience.
The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States. To date, he has sold over 65 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time. At the end of 2009, Usher was named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade Billboard named him the second most successful artist, with his 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed Usher at number six on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
Usher has been pretty hush-hush about his upcoming eighth studio album. There’s no hard deadline for Usher’s upcoming new release, UR. The delay of the album release allows Usher to move a little slower with the creative process. He has said that the album was inspired by his own past work and promises a dynamic album that combine different genres. “I’ve basically taken it back. I’m taking my time with it,” said Usher. “At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio and just go with how you feel.” A part of “having fun” in the studio, is not locking down a specific theme. “I work on 40-50 songs in making an album and I haven’t finished the album enough to tell you what I’m talking about.” UR is a “different take” from older work, according to the 35-year-old father of two. “It’s something that feels very modern, but the vocal on it feels very specific to my style. I wanted to do something that I felt like would be current, but wouldn’t necessarily conform specifically.”
Though he still hasn’t announced an official release date, he will introduce the new album on his upcoming The UR Experience tour beginning in November. Like he did in bringing Trey Songz out on tour before, Usher is giving younger talent a chance to shine on stage. “I always thought of that opening spot as the place for the person that I can give an experience they haven’t had before.”
Grammy Award Winning Superstar Usher will hit the stage at the American Airlines Arena on December 13 for his South Florida performance. Hot on the heels of a blockbuster performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards and the release of his new single “She Came To Give It To You,” global megastar Usher is dedicated to bringing The UR Experience to his fans. Packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning his 20-year career, the critically-acclaimed showman will give his fans a unique experience that only the multi-talented Usher can deliver. His show will include a fresh take on early and recent songs as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming album. “With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests,” says Usher.
Usher began another chapter as he jumped into movies this year, lending his voice to Muppets Most Wanted, and playing former professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone ( to be released in 2015), opposite the great Robert De Niro. While training to portray the legendary fighter, Usher realized that there wasn’t a more stylized boxer and said “Sugar Ray was an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring, and I think my dancing will make it easier for me to pick up his moves. I’ve been working on familiarizing myself with the ring, sparring and understanding how to move. He had such incredible discipline and was flashy and classy at the same time. I want to be as passionate and dedicated in preparing for this role as he was every time he stepped into the ring. It’s an incredible story to be told. The metaphor of determination and struggle is one we can all relate to.”
Also know as Big Ush, Big Tyme, and Mr. Entertainment, Usher gives some great advice… “If you do something great, you’ll be popular forever.” But don’t ever forget… a favorite quote of Usher’s, “strivers achieve what dreamers believe” is something that he has always been dear to his heart and he has never lost sight of where it all began.