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There, his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally.In the belief that a bigger city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers.Usher grew up with his mother, then-stepfather, and half-brother, James Lackey (born 1984).Directed by his mother, Usher joined the local church youth choir in Chattanooga, when he was nine years old.
", "Burn", "Confessions Part II" and "My Boo", it has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. Raymond (2010) debuted atop of the Billboard 200 and produced the number-one singles "Love in This Club" and "OMG".It sold 8 million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 20.Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, selling 20 million copies worldwide.Alexander invited Bryant Reid, an A&R representative from La Face Records to see Usher perform on Star Search.Following the performance, he arranged an audition for Usher with L. Reid, the co-founder of La Face; Reid signed Usher on the spot to a contract with the record company after singing Boyz II Men hit record "End of the Road".
Again the La Face had their reservations about signing Usher because the album wasn't as successful as they anticipated. After graduating from high school, Usher continued to develop his skills as a stage performer and laid the groundwork for his second album.