Usher is an American singer, songwriter, producer and actor who is worth about $180 million.
The eight-time Grammy Award-winner is also known for his amazing hip-hop songs immersed in many multi-platinum albums, stabilizing his prominence as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade.
Usher Biography – Early Life: Career, Songs, Albums, and Movies
Born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, Usher Terry Raymond IV showed signs of a future singer at an early age of eleven, forming bands and singing as a lead. His musical journey officially began with the release of his first debut album, “Sean P Diddy Combs” which paved a golden way towards an awesome music career.
His success was not without the help of his family who did everything in their power to help him build on his gifts. Usher spent most of his life living in Chattanooga with his mom, stepfather, and half-brother. He started singing at the age of nine when he joined his church youth choir and to help get his talent across to good music producers, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Giving Billboard hit songs like Can You Get With It, The Many Ways and Thinking Of You, Usher gained fame and money in a short duration of time. Being an effortlessly talented singer, he has found many ways to impress his many audience and fans, through chart-topping albums.
Five of his albums have been certified platinum, and the album “Confessions” has achieved a diamond certification in the USA, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. It also became the best performing single of 2004 in the USA. This stunning artist has released several chart-topping singles including, “Yeah!”, “Remind Me”, “OMG” among others. He has also contributed to the songs and albums of many top artists having been featured in songs such as How Much (Mariah Carey, Rainbow) Same Girl (R. Kelly, Double Up), First Dance (Justin Bieber, My World).
This artist has been earning millions of dollars for his widely appreciated work in the music industry. Other than the sale of his albums, Usher’s established record company, US records, and his co-owned basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers have been helping him to pile up his wealth.
Usher has managed to make millions of his audiences groove to his music. His OMG tour and performance at the Super Bowl XLV were two great hits worldwide. So far, Usher has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States. His worldwide sales stand at 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Besides singing, Usher is known for his great performing skills. One of his earliest roles was in the teen horror film The Faculty (1998). He also made guest appearances on several television shows, including a role as Marvin Gaye on the program American Dreams (2002). In 2005, Usher played a disc jockey in the film In the Mix, and a year later, he took the lead role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway play Chicago (2006).
Usher is also involved in other businesses, including several restaurants. In 2015, Usher was announced a co-owner, with various other music artists, in the music streaming service Tidal. By June 28, 2015, Usher became partners with Yoobi the fast-growing school supplies company based out of Los Angeles. The company donates a portion of its products to schools and has brought in over $20 million in revenue between June 2014 and June 2015.
Usher partly owns the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team which was bought at the price of $375 million in 2005. He became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team and by March 6, 2017, it was announced that he alongside Universal Music Group, Steve Stoute, Evolution Media, Jon Jashni, Charles King, and others invested $6 million in Mass Appeal Magazine. All these raised his net worth of $180 million.
Above all, Usher is a philanthropist. He founded ‘New Look’, a non-profit charity organization which aims to provide young people with a new look at life through education and real-world experience. He was honored with the Freedom Award by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis in 2011.
Who is Usher’s Wife and Does He Have Children?
Usher has had a rough patch regarding his marital life as he is a divorcee with two children, but a happy father with primary custody of both his children. In September 2015, he married his longtime girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel, who is a top executive at Def Jam Records.
This star lives in a multi-million dollar mansion in Roswell and has been living a very happy life with his most valued family.
Quick Facts about Usher
- Full Name: Usher Terry Raymond IV
- Profession: Singer, actor, dancer, businessman
- Height: 1.73m
- Weight: 75 kg
- Ethnicity: African American
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: October 14, 1978
- Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas
- Marital Status: Married to Grace Miguel
- Astrological Sign: Libra