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While ordinary teenagers are busy establishing their identity in this world, some exceptional youngsters carve a path towards success and make a mark across several industries at a young age. These individuals are highly passionate, going the extra mile in order to translate their visions into a reality. One such individual who has cemented his reputation at 15 is Usher Terry Raymond IV, better known by his pen name, Usher.
Usher is an American artist known for his smooth vocals and sensual ballads. His exceptional command over music has garnered much attention from established authorities and industry peers, cementing his reputation across a cutthroat trade. This powerhouse not only proves worthy of his sterling reputation across the industry, but he also spreads his love for the craft by inspiring young aspirants to chase their dreams and realize their potential.
Born in the scenic city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Usher always had an incredible affinity towards rhythm and beats. Ever since he sang in church choirs as a youngster, this multifaceted artist knew that he would create a career out of music. He would sing in countless talent shows, highlighting his exceptional vocals, broad range, and chic style in each performance. At 12, his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was able to secure a recording contract with LaFace Records.
Impressively, this multi-talented artist was able to release his first self-titled album at 15. From being a choir vocal to becoming a rising superstar in the music industry, Usher has captured the hearts of many listeners across the world. Although the album was not a commercial success, Usher continued to persevere, spending the next few years working on his album, “My Way” (1997). This then became a stepping stone for Usher, making him a significant RnB superstar of his time with his single, “Nice & Slow,” topping the Billboard’s all-genre singles chart.
Over the years, Usher has demonstrated his musical prowess across the industry. With chart-topping singles and albums in his arsenal, he further cemented his reputation as a smooth and seductive RnB singer and garnered two Grammy awards for his “8701” album. His 2004 album, “Confessions,” sold more than ten million copies in the United States, earning him three more Grammy awards. More impressively, this go-getting artist also appeared in various television shows and films, such as “American Dreams,” “In The Mix,” and “Chicago.”
Proving unstoppable in his craft, Usher continued to solidify his reputable stance by producing more albums, such as “Here I Stand,” “Raymond v. Raymond,” “Looking 4 Myself”, “Hard II Love,” and “A,” that delved into his personal and family life. His single entitled “There Goes My Baby” rang the hearts of many and won the best male RnB performance.
Aside from his musical career, Usher also stays busy with charitable works through New Look Foundation. Additionally, he serves as a coach in The Voice and a part-owner of NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ever since Usher established his name at the age of 15, he became a sought-after musician whose achievements spoke volumes of his passion and dedication for the craft. As he continues to stand at the helm of his career, this power player inspires many young aspirants to chase their dreams amidst adversities.