Usher has given a performance for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series. Joined by his band, Usher sang “You Make Me Wanna…,” “Confessions, Pt. II,” and more. The band featured vocalists Eric Bellinger and Vedo, bassist, Dmitry Gorodetsky, trombonist Lemar Guillary, trumpeter Brandyn Phllips, saxophonist Jay Flat, keyboardist Darek Cobbs, guitarist Erick Walls, and drummer Ryan Carr. Watch below.

In 2020, Usher released the song “I Cry,” which followed his 2018 project A (a collaboration with Zaytoven) and his 2016 studio album Hard II Love. Usher’s “Tiny Desk Concert” appearance marks one of the first few performances to be held at the physical tiny desk since the series went on pause in June 2020 due to the pandemic.

Usher’s “Tiny Desk” set is also part of NPR’s celebration of Juneteenth and Black Music Month. Previous performers who took part in the series include FKA twigs, Ravyn Lenae, Denzel Curry, Monica, Adekunle Gold, and others. The celebration features 11 “Tiny Desk” and “Tiny Desk (Home)” concerts, curated by NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk” producer Bobby Carter.

Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Usher’s 2004 album Confessions.


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