When people think about famous music artists, Michael Jackson has set the proverbial standard of how an album can have an impact. His impact is realized simply by asking the question, “What is their (insert artist) ‘Thriller?'”
Because of that album’s massive influence and popular success, there is unspoken but loud pressure to create a musical body of work that can be unique and legacy-informing for artists. While some entertainers are still chasing a project like Jackson’s “Thriller,” the culture has agreed that some artists have accomplished that goal. Usher Raymond is among those, with the 2004 release of “Confessions.”
Nurtured early in Chattanooga, TN, but cultivated in Atlanta, GA, Usher has been a consistent voice in music across decades. Although “Confessions” may be considered his defining album, Usher entered the music space with a self-titled project in 1994. However, his sophomore effort, “My Way,” captured the hearts of music listeners.
From that point on, the 44-year-old would go on to create successful music that would include hits such as “Superstar,” “My Boo,” and “OMG.” These hits and many more led to Usher earning several Grammy, Billboard, and American Music awards.
Remaining relevant, Usher has diversified his entertainment and business portfolios by appearing in movies and television shows and partnering with companies that include Rémy Martin, Hungry, and Mastercard.
As the “Yeah!” singer reaches icon status, Usher Raymond is hosting one of the most successful Las Vegas residencies. Based on a 2022 Billboard report, his stay in Vegas sold out 18 of the 20 shows in the first go-round in 2021, grossing $18.8 million. According to Celebrity Net Worth data, these latest ventures have led Usher to earn an estimated net worth of $180 million.
It is no doubt that Usher’s legacy is secure. But Usher’s four children prove his work and contributions will live on. Here’s a look at how each carries the torch and forges their own path.
"Cinco," Usher Raymond V
Cinco is Usher’s oldest son and has been a part of the singer’s platform since birth. The 15-year-old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes very young, boosting the family’s advocacy around the disease. Although he is his father’s namesake, Cinco prefers not to be addressed as Usher, choosing instead to double down on his individuality.
“I have one son, Cinco, who does not like to be called Usher, who tries to get away from it,” Usher said in an interview on the “Tamron Hall Show.”
Usher’s son Naviyd is 14 years old and does not shy away from the spotlight like his older brother. In an Instagram post celebrating his 13th birthday, Usher described his second-born as a “Silent Partner, Creative Director, Always Full of Ideas… You’re ‘The Good News.'”
In the previously mentioned interview with Tamron Hall, Usher stated that Naviyd watches all his dad’s shows and critiques what he can do better.
Sovereign Bo and Sire Castrello Raymond
Sovereign and Sire are Usher’s youngest children and are the most recent bursts of joy in his life.
Sovereign just turned 3 and is the singer’s only daughter. It is apparent on his social media that he is having a blast being a girl dad.
Sire, who is almost 2 years old, is Usher’s youngest child, and the singer chose 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” as his third son’s entrance song into the world.
With four children growing into their own, the future looks bright for Usher and his legacy.