This Is Black Magic Right Here, Usher Says as He Closes Out Black Music Month With a Passionate Tiny Desk Concert.

R&B superstar Usher delivered a heartfelt set of his famous songs during NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series on Thursday. Usher brought the soul to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the singer’s sophomore album, “My Way,” and he kicked off his performance at the NPR office in Washington, D.C. with a retro version of the song “You Make Me Wanna…” It was the lead single from the album and was released in 1993.

After this, Usher gave the audience another taste of nostalgia by performing “Superstar,” a bonus track from his album “Confessions,” which peaked at number one on the charts in 2004. Before beginning the song, he gave a shoutout to singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger, who served as one of his backup vocalists during the performance and created the Usher-themed #SuperstarChallenge on social media, which challenges people to sing the song’s smooth falsetto riff. During the performance, Eric Bellinger also served as one of his backup vocalists.

Usher stated that, “in this moment that we’ve had in life, we’ve had to find fun and connection in these things that we have in our hands,” and he went on to say that seeing Bellinger’s challenge take off was a “amazing moment.” “There’s just something about being able to sing and simply be joyful that just links us all together and pulls us together,” said the person.

This Is Black Magic Right Here

Usher got the Tiny Desk audience going with his track “U Don’t Have to Call,” which he released in 2002: “If you feel like singing, I don’t want to stop you from doing what you want to do,” he joked to the audience before performing the song. In addition to that, he sang the seductive fan favourite “Nice & Slow,” which is another track from the album “My Way.”

“I have a question for all of you: I was wondering if anyone could tell me what Usher was doing at seven o’clock.” The audience promptly responded, “Getting in the drop top, cruising the streets,” when Usher questioned them in allusion to the opening lyrics of the song and the accompanying TikTok fad.

The performance of the artist, who is 43 years old, was finished up with “Confessions Part II” and “My Way.” The performance by Usher also brings an end to NPR’s celebration of Black Music Month with its Tiny Desk Concerts. According to him, having the opportunity to highlight the vocal abilities of his Black colleagues Bellinger and singer-songwriter Vedo, who also contributed background vocals, was a moment of unity.

“This is Black magic right here, honey,” Usher added in reference to the celebration of Black Music Month. “Life is a collaborative effort, and being able to stand with each other and lift each other up is all that it’s really about,” said the author.

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