Usher Terry Raymond V was born in Dallas, Texas and began singing at the age of six in the local church choir at the request of his mother, Jonnetta Patton, who was the choir’s director. Patton, Usher and his younger brother, James, moved to Atlanta, Georgia when Usher was 12 years old and there Usher began appearing in local talent shows. It was at one of those shows in 1992 that Usher was spotted by Bryant Reid, brother of Antonio Reid, the prominent R&B producer and co-president of LaFace Records. Bryant arranged an audition for Usher in front of his brother and a star was born!
Usher was only 14 years old when he worked on his first self-titled album, which was co-produced by Reid and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and garnered a minor hit. It wasn’t until his sophomore album My Way that Usher got the recognition he deserved. Released around his 19th birthday, the album gave Usher his first single in “You Make Me Wanna,” and he hasn’t stopped since. Since then he’s branched out into acting, both in motion pictures and, in 2006, he starred on Broadway as Billy Flynn in the hit play Chicago. In honor of his 35th birthday, here is a Top 10 list of Usher songs.