In between acting gigs, the R&B sensation known simply as Usher managed to top the charts again with the hit single "U Got It Bad" this winter. A few more weeks brought another hit from his latest album 8701 — "U Don't Have to Call."
Usher Raymond, 24, is familiar with success, whether it's with his music or his acting career.
The single "Think of You" from his self-titled debut album helped him get noticed in 1994. Then, in 1997, his single "You Make Me Wanna" made him a household name.
Usher was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Oct. 14, 1978. He moved to Atlanta with his family at age 12, and there he developed his singing talent in the church choir. At 16, he was scooped up by LaFace records after a record company executive caught his performance in a local talent show.
The singer began an acting career in 1997 on the sitcom Moesha. A year later he appeared on the big screen in the high school horror movie The Faculty. Raymond has appeared in five films since 1998.
Raymond became Billboard's Artist of the Year in 1998. He has reached the top of the charts twice with "You Make Me Wanna" and "Nice & Slow."
He won a Grammy Award for best male R&B vocal performance of his single "U Remind Me" in February.
Usher performed on Good Morning America live from New York City's Bryant Park on Friday, June 14 as part of our summer concert series. Join us for free concerts in the park each Friday (schedule above). Please arrive at the park no later than 7 a.m. Bryant Park is located in midtown Manhattan, right behind the New York Public Library, between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues.