USHER – Volunteer Ushers

Seeing the smiles on patrons’ faces is so rewarding. I am constantly told by patrons that there is no other venue where they are so welcomed and made to feel like family. Usher Raymond IV is a 38-year-old American hip hop singer and actor from Dallas, Texas.

usher yeah – Confessions, Pt. II

USHERR&B singer performer who rose to fame after releasing his six-times Platinum-selling album My Way. Miguel, a Brooklyn native, began dating Usher back in 2009. She was previously thought to be supporting her husband through difficult times, but it appears as though the two couldn’t work things out. I’ve always been in the Scooter family. We actually have worked together on artists, and worked together in business. So it’s just a continuum,” Usher told Billboard after inking the deal.

Smith has worked with vocal performers of all kinds, including rappers, on-air reporters, pastors, public speakers, and more. In 2005, after releasing his critically acclaimed major-label debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy underwent surgery on his vocal cords Untrained on how to perform properly without damaging his voice and scared he’d blow his career just as he’d begun achieving success, he hired Smith to help him recover. At that time, few people had considered working with rappers to ensure they didn’t damage their voices. But not Mama Jan. It’s equally important for rappers to be able to really maintain their vocal health as well,” Smith says.

Usher Raymond IV is a 38-year-old American hip hop singer and actor from Dallas, Texas. Ushers must arrive ONE HOUR before showtime and remain throughout the entire performance. Chart-topping R&B loverman with one of the best voices in modern music, and songwriting that ranges from club jams to tender confessionals.

Why I love ushering at The Cap: The Cap is a such magical room which transports people into another level of consciousness…and sometime unconsciousness. I enjoy seeing people so happy while sharing experiences with loved ones.

Why I love ushering at The Cap: I love ushering the ADA section and I get really pumped when I see wheelchair bound individuals, people on crutches, people with casts and all qualified people come and enjoy the music. I was pretty sick a couple of years ago and I know for a fact that The Cap was a great place to heal. It’s not always easy to be a human and places like The Cap help you recharge your soul and spirit.

Ushers are a critical part of our audience services team! Ushers are responsible for assisting the House Manager to create a safe and pleasant experience for all Lantern patrons. What makes The Cap different from other venues: The people who come to see the shows and the people who make sure everybody has a good time.

Nice of you to join us today,” says the instructor to the student — who’s about to fake a bloody nose in an effort to skip class. He’s successful, in the way one can be in ’90s music videos — he leaves school and jumps into a drop-top driven by a do-rag wearing Sean (Diddy) Combs. This was everyone’s first glimpse of Usher Raymond IV — who has a voice and a body roll so commanding that he’s referred to only by his first name. This scene opened the video for his debut single Can U Get Wit It, and he spends the next four minutes gyrating on the hood of a car, pop-locking in a stairwell, and crooning against candlelit walls to a Devante Swing beat.

I think I’m going to download a copy of Fruity Loops studio and use nothing but the demo song, remake it 20 ways and add lyrics of wanting to have sex with bitches, befriend Usher and, get a deal, post my shit on YouTube and then see how many hits I can make. Boy I sure hope people appreciate my took-me-10-minutes-to-make-a-song music.

For more than 35 years, Smith’s career has been intertwined with the rise of Atlanta as a music and entertainment mecca. Her success has stemmed from her undeniable skillset as a vocal coach, but also from her proximity to rising talent: In this music capital, the coach with the southern drawl and the nurturing but forceful persona has found herself in the orbit of artists such as Usher, Rob Thomas, Young Jeezy, and a few reality stars.


Ushers make it possible for the patron to have a truly enjoyable Music Hall experience by providing a smile, a friendly greeting, accurate directions, or an extra service. We recognize that all ushers must be well-trained before the necessary confidence can be exhibited to achieve excellent customer service. The usher training program is incremental, which allows learning to occur over time. CAA staff members provide necessary information during training and are available to answer questions, but it is up to the volunteer to fully learn the information presented. It is vital that ushers are familiar with the entire facility.

According to the Daily Mail , Usher was being sued for several million dollars. Despite these claims and lawsuits, Miguel chose to stand by her man, not letting any of this interfere with their marriage. A source told TMZ that Miguel wasn’t too concerned with the lawsuit at this time.

Why I love ushering at The Cap: Spending time with like minded people who love and appreciate live music and the bonding and sense of community that live music can inspire. I’ve played guitar and jammed with like minded folks for over 50 years, so hearing great music at the Cap is very inspiring. I feel very lucky to have met my fellow ushers who are a wonderful mix of similarly avid music fans.

Best show I’ve ever seen at The Cap: Get asked this all the time and it’s impossible to choose, but for me I thought The Rascals 6 show reunion was special, Further’s epic run of 9 shows in 11 days was unforgettable (and exhausting), Chris Cornell solo show displayed his immense talent, Lyle Lovett, Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Neil Young, etc. etc.

Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, selling 20 million copies worldwide. Bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles—”Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II” and “My Boo”—it has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010) both debuted atop of the Billboard 200 chart and respectively produced the number-one singles “Love in This Club” and “OMG”. The EP, Versus, produced top-five single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”, before releasing top-fifteen single “More”. Looking 4 Myself (2012) also debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with the top-ten single “Scream”. The R&B ballads “There Goes My Baby” and “Climax” received Grammy Awards in 2011 and 2013. “I Don’t Mind” also reached the top-fifteen in 2014, while Hard II Love (2016) peaked at five on the Billboard 200 chart.

Why I love ushering at The Cap: Being a part of history, seeing awesome bands, and meeting great people. What makes The Cap different from other venues: The Cap provides an up close and intimate experience for all with an exceptional acoustic and lighting experience.


There was a valuable lesson in the record’s success: music sells albums, but so does gossip. It’s a tactic other pop stars have seemingly learned to employ. Infidelity and divorce rumors fueled Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade , and many fans eagerly bought the album wondering what she’d say about the reports. There were relationship rumors between Janelle Monae and Tessa Thompson that cropped up around the release of Monae’s album Dirty Computer, and the pair cozied up in the video for PYNK” — adding to the hype around the album. Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next, meanwhile, came on the heels of her public split with Pete Davidson , and many people likely listened to the album hoping to find lyrics that centered around the singer’s relationship woes. Thanks in part to Confessions, the relationship between the gossip pages and the album charts seems to be stronger than before.

Usher married a second time in September 2015, tying-the-knot with Grace Miguel (real name Michelle Grace Harry), who is from Brooklyn, has a son and daughter from a previous relationship and is also part of Usher’s management team.

Usher is an old-school showman who has been performing since childhood: a dancer, a singer, five feet and seven inches of raw charm and taut musculature. I’ve seen superstars perform before, but always in large venues, where they are isolated from the plebes by an appropriate distance. Seeing Usher in such a small venue, beaming ear-to-ear the whole evening, I was bowled over by the sheer amount of raw talent and charisma on display.

Why I love ushering at The Cap: The staff and patrons are as fantastic as the music in the greatest venue around. Why I love ushering at The Cap: Watching the freak flags fly. Oh, and the music. Ushering is a typically a 3-4 hour time commitment per performance.

Soon, Smith had set up a modest studio behind the music store where she’d once gone in search of a new guitar. Michele Caplinger, now the senior executive director of the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy (the organization behind the Grammy Awards), was a singer in the band Lipstick Stain when she first visited Smith’s shotgun studio.” At that time the office was decorated with 8×10 photos of Smith’s clients stuck to the wall with push pins. She had a tape deck, a desk, and a microphone,” Caplinger says of the setup. Smith’s expertise, not the ambiance, was clearly the draw.

What makes The Cap different from other venues: The history. From the amazing list of artists to the squirrels, it’s an amazing place. I particularly love the Jerry quote, See, there’s only two theaters, man… that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that – the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.” I also really like how almost every artist adds a nod to Jerry and the Dead in their shows.

What makes The Cap different from other venues: The venue just oozes rock ‘n’ roll through its pores! When people come to shows, so many can’t wait to tell stories of shows back in the day, smiling ear to ear at the memories, excited to be back to create new ones.

In the video for Usher’s Confessions Pt. II”, the scandalous single from his seminal 2004 album Confessions , the singer stands half naked in front of a mirror that, seemingly out of nowhere, crumbles to shards in front of him. The song’s whimpering guitar riff bleeds through the harsh crash of the glass, as Usher’s reflection splinters before our eyes. The message is clear: forget all you think you know about him, because after this record, nothing will be the same. That may sound like hyperbole, but it actually was the truth; 15 years after the release of Confessions, it’s evident that the album truly did change everything when it came to both Usher’s career and many R&B hits that’d follow in the years to come.

BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE, ushers will attend mandatory orientation with the House Manager on duty, prepare show programs, welcome patrons to the theater, scan tickets, distribute play programs, and help patrons locate their seats.

On this day, though, Usher is fresh off of a 35-minute helicopter ride from New York City to the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. He teeters on the edge of a black leather armchair, leans over, and — as it always is when I sit down with him for an interview — he refuses to drop gaze the entire time of our conversation. We chat about what he’s learned from basketball great LeBron James, about why he’s not abandoning his music career, and about a new album finally coming next month. But more importantly, we’re talking about what’s he’s been dreaming of since he had a two-season guest arc on Moesha in the late ’90s — a bona fide acting career.

The ideal candidate possesses superior customer service and people management skills. Has the ability to politely handle multiple customer requests in an extremely busy environment. Excellent verbal communication skills and truly enjoys being in a customer service friendly atmosphere. Ushers must maintain a professional demeanor and a neat appearance at all times. This is a part time position starting at $15 per hour. Jazz at Lincoln Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Smith has worked with vocal performers of all kinds, including rappers, on-air reporters, pastors, public speakers, and more. In 2005, after releasing his critically acclaimed major-label debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy underwent surgery on his vocal cords Untrained on how to perform properly without damaging his voice and scared he’d blow his career just as he’d begun achieving success, he hired Smith to help him recover. At that time, few people had considered working with rappers to ensure they didn’t damage their voices. But not Mama Jan. It’s equally important for rappers to be able to really maintain their vocal health as well,” Smith says.


Why I love ushering at The Cap: I get to see many of my favorite artists in a small venue with great sound. I enjoy hanging out with the other ushers and interacting with show attendees some who have been to more shows here than I have! I love being a part of the history and legacy of The Capitol Theatre.

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