Usher Raymond was the latest celebrity to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame this past Wednesday. The R&B singer had his sons, Naviyd and Usher V, with him to celebrate.
“I don’t just celebrate this moment by myself,” Usher told his fans. “I celebrate it with those people who invested in me, those people who loved me through my hard times.”
The R&B sensation had humble beginnings with a local quintet called NuBeginnings at the tender age of ten. Although Usher recorded ten songs with the group, he was edited out of the nationally released album because of his mom, Jonetta Patton, who deemed the experience as bad. Usher got his national stage three years later when he competed on Star Search. The then-teen was so incredible that L.A. Reid signed him to LaFace Records after a personal audition.
Usher’s career reached a climatic moment in 2004 when he released the highly acclaimed Confessions album. The entire project hadn’t made its debut before the first track, ‘Yeah,’ dominated Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart for five weeks. Confessions sold upwards of ten million copies in the United States and twenty million copies worldwide. The Recording Industry of America gave the project a Diamond certification.
Usher’s career has managed to thrive even with challenges brought about by the digital age of music. The singer released his seventh studio album in increments in 2012, which made a great impact in the music industry. In particular, Usher’s single, ‘Climax’ hit urban radio on February 21, 2012, and sold thousands via digital download the next day. The singer’s subsequent releases, ‘Scream,’ ‘Lemme See,’ and ‘You Make Me Wanna,’ also did well in the mainstream market.
Humble beginnings have led Usher to incredible fame and he has all of his supporters to thank. His mom, in particular, has been quite instrumental in Usher’s stardom. “Mom, thank you for everything and all the people that you’ve actually helped to bring here,” Usher said during his Walk of Fame ceremony. “They wouldn’t be here if you didn’t recognize and make sure you selected the right people to be around and to help me be the man I am today and in this position.”
The singer also paid homage to the late Michael Jackson, James Brown, Prince, and Luther Vandross. “They were so important in shaping who I am as an entertainer,” Raymond explained. “The one thing you’ve preached to me that’s become a mantra is that love is the key. Thank you for giving me that life lesson.”
Usher Raymond is the proud father of two kids. The singer has toured various countries since his debut album, Usher, and has gained the love and respect of millions of fans.