Usher brought along his band and his hits for NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concert series.
“I’m hoping to just really have fun today with this office party that we’re having,” the Grammy-winning singer said Thursday ahead of his performance at NPR’s Washington, D.C. office.
Usher, known to fans as the “King of R&B,” began by introducing his band and vocalists Eric Bellinger and Vedo. He then launched into a reworked version of his 1997 classic “You Make Me Wanna…” The track is from his sophomore album “My Way,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The chart-topping singer also performed the singles “Superstar,” “U Don’t Have to Call,” “Nice & Slow,” “Confessions Part II,” and “My Way.”
The only thing missing was Usher’s signature dance moves, but honestly there was no room in the tiny space.
Usher’s band included Dmitry Gorodetsky on bass, Lemar Guillary on trombone, Brandyn Phillips on trumpet, Jay Flat on saxophone, Darek Cobbs on keys, Erick Walls on guitar, and Ryan Carr on drums. NPR described the concert as “unforgettable.”
The performance marked the final installment of the broadcaster’s Black Music Month “Tiny Desk” concerts.
“Celebrating Black Music Month, this is Black magic right here, baby,” Usher said. “Life is a collaborative process and being able to lift each other up (and) stand with each other is all what it’s really about.”
Watch the concert below.