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Arts & Entertainment

Usher's Career Journey


Lesson time 13:22 min

Discover the Usher you've never seen before. Follow his life story, and get exclusive insight into one of entertainment's most successful careers, spanning over 25 years.

Teaches The Art of Performance
In his first ever online class, Usher teaches you his personal techniques to captivate audiences across 16 video lessons.


Yeah. I was born in Texas-- Dallas, Texas. A single parent-- my mother, we moved back to Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was where I lived for about 12 years. Trying to find that thing, that spark, that thing that was of interest for me, it was a bit difficult because there wasn't a great deal of opportunity in comparison to Atlanta at the time. Of course, you had all the things that you would get into-- your sports, academic. You had maybe music, maybe band, all of these things. But the passion of what I wanted to do-- though I tried sports, I tried baseball, I tried football, I tried basketball-- wasn't tall enough, wasn't fast enough-- that wasn't my thing. But I found a connection in music that felt relevant. I admired the artists that I watched on television. I was lucky enough to be able to see videos at the time and just have an idea of where to aim. Of course, listening to music, cook outs with my parents, or being around people who just love music, I found that connection too. But for the first time, once I lifted my voice and realized, oh, wow. This is what I want to do. This is what I'd like to do with my life. I don't know what age you begin to kind of go after what's going to take care of you and what's going to take care of-- what you're going to use to take care of your family. But music and performance was a thing that I hoped that I would be able to use. And I spoke to my mom about it. This is really what I want to do. I actually was a part of a group in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which gave me kind of a cheat sheet, because being a part of a five-guy group, it's not just about you. It's about the entire effort. And while we were doing something positive, that wasn't quite enough. I wanted more. Once we severed our ties, I moved to Atlanta. And I started to pursue my own career. [MUSIC PLAYING] When I first started off, I created goals for myself. It was to be recognized, to be heard, for someone to believe what I felt about myself. Because far too often I would tell everyone, I'm going to be someone. And even if they didn't know me, I'd say, one day I'm going to have fans. One day I'm going to be someone. And I never stopped saying it, no matter how many times my mother told me, hey, listen. You shouldn't tell everybody that. Why not? It's the truth. It's what I feel. And as long as I feel it, than that means it could be a reality. And the longer that I say it, the more I say it, the longer time I spend on making that a reality, it becomes my reality. Later on, to be respected and to be compared was the next goal. So I had an idea. I wanted to study the people who influenced me. But I also too wanted to study the people that they study so that I could get the source and the true foundation of what gave them the fire that's behind them. At some point, I had the idea that I want...

About the Instructor

Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I’m glad for Usher shared his wisdom with us about the art of performance. It appears that Usher isn’t only a performer but also a Social Engineer!

Helped me further discover who I want to become as an artist.

Usher gives great perspective for performers in general. Not just singers, but anyone who is part of a production. Thanks for sharing this!!!

Great introduction!! Im excited to get started!!


Evgenia S.

Thank you Usher for your thoughts and your short story. Very inspiring!!! I like also say the people that I will achieve my big goals. I believe in me and create my dream world.. my reality. ;)

Meg N.

Usher is utterly inspiring. Discovering his resonance with music, working his way to get to today, he doubtlessly did a lot of work that isn't mentioned here. I discovered my resonance in words and visuals, and now having done what I could to lay my groundwork with word working, Usher's wisdom is going to give me a big push in going wherever I can get with writing. Usher, THANK YOU, I needed this!


I am embarking on a journey that most would say it pointless. I am 38 years old and pursuing my music career later in life. I am a singer, writer, dancer, producer and musician. This class is very instrumental in my finding myself.


WOW< WOW! I love USHER, you are so INSPIRING< this has been more than about performance, it's a WHOLE LIFE lesson, I have learned so much about BELIEVING in myself, having good visualizations. :)

A fellow student

Usher, Thankyou for sharing your knowledge with us with elegance and candor

A fellow student

Thank you so much, Usher. I'm not a singer or a dancer, but a writer, and a LOT of what you said applies to the journey of becoming a writer. Thank you for filming this class.


Have a pet peeve about the phrase, "I'm gonna be somebody." People are just as important as a human being as the next person, whether that person makes it 'big' in show business, or a money-making career, or not. I understand what Usher is saying, but that phrase makes it seem like people who don't have show business jobs, or high-paying jobs or big careers, are 'nobodys,' or not important. Not one human being in this world is a 'nobody.' Everybody is important. Everybody matters! Anyway, I wish Usher had not used that phrase. ❥ Everybody is somebody!

Ricardo M.

I'm still taken back at how humble this man is. This is really one of the best Masterclasses I ever did (along with Dustin Hoffman's & Steve Martin's) ! A shame that is not as long as some of the others, I could listen to Usher talk for hours. True storyteller & you can see how much he cares & wants to help out. In awe of the man.

Douglas R.

This is the best segment of Master Class that I have taken out of 10 so far. After 41 years in the entertainment and communications business this so goes to home with the advise my mentors gave me. And i still teach work shops. Master Class is so valuable, that I have gifted it to others. Doug La Rue WKLG Inc.

Jarreau W.

I love it when an artist with a platform gives you the honest truth about their experience and then gives back to the community. No one is an overnight success. We all have to believe, and work to prove the belief.