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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.At this time Jonetta Patton, Usher's mother took control of his career and put him in more talent shows the summer of 1995 building Usher a larger fan base and ultimately putting more confidence in L. He also appeared on their version of "Let's Straighten It Out", a 1995 duet with fellow Atlanta teen recording artist Monica; Usher developed a friendship with American record producer, Jermaine Dupri, with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, My Way, released on September 16, 1997.Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), is an American singer and songwriter.He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia.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".He owns the record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG); a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun that includes Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
Billboard also placed him at number 6 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
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.
"I Don't Mind" also reached the top-fifteen in 2014, while Hard II Love (2016) peaked at five on the Billboard 200 chart.
Usher has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States.