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Birth Name: Usher Raymond IV

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 14, 1978

Ethnicity: African-American

Usher, also known as Usher Raymond, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He is the son of Jonetta Patton (O’Neal) and Usher Raymond III. He is married to manager Grace Miguel. He has two children with his former wife, stylist Tameka Foster.

Usher’s paternal grandfather is Usher Raymond, Jr. (the son of Usher Raymond and Emma Martin).

Usher’s paternal grandmother is Evangelist Ernestine Berry (the daughter of Milton A. Berry and Etta Ruth Russ). Ernestine was born in Tennessee. Milton was the son of Charlie Edward Berry and Viola. Etta was the daughter of William/Will Russ and Luvenia Williams.

Some web sites state that Usher’s father had Haitian ancestry. This does not appear to be accurate.

Sources: Obituary of Usher’s father –

Obituary of Usher’s paternal great-grandmother, Etta Ruth (Russ) Berry –

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  1. savanna says:

    His parents are Jonetta Patton (O’Neal) and Usher Terry Raymond III.

    “His mother is of African-American heritage while his father claims both African-American and Haitian heritage. Although his father left the family when Usher was very young, he identifies with both his mother’s African-American heritage and his father’s Haitian-creole heritage.”

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