After moving to Atlanta, Usher entered TV talent show "Star Search," where his performance of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" clenched him the title of Best Teen Male Vocalist. "I was a competitor for four months. I was doing good," Usher told People. "No one could beat me."
Even more important than winning "Star Search" was that an A&R rep for LaFace Records saw him on the show and urged L.A. Reid to bring him in for an audition. The following year, 13-year-old Usher had a record deal. He made his debut on the "Poetic Justice" soundtrack in 1993 with "Call Me a Mack," and his self-titled debut album followed in August 1994.