This was played at Usher's wedding ceremony in August 2007. Usher told MTV News: "'Here I Stand' was played at my wedding, which is why everybody thinks it was written specifically for that reason. It wasn't; it was originally written before we were engaged or married. It was [my wife's] request to have it played at our wedding because it was suiting. If you listen to the words, it is very heartfelt, simplistic, yet very soulful. It's a man's words to his woman: a vow to say that you are the one, and I'll be there for you. You know, some people are ready to make that step, some people aren't. I think about this every time I put my albums together. I wonder where my fans are. Are they with me or have they grown with me? Well, the fan that was 21 when I was 21 is now 29. He or she probably has experienced this, feels this or has felt this. So I speak to you, but also complimenting the younger, up-and-coming fans with 'Love in This Club
' and 'What's Your Name,' which are more light-hearted. But you get depth. It's almost like a complete story; you get a beginning, a middle and an end, and it's all there for you."