Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith)

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER; POP AND R&B SINGER-SONGWRITER; BUSINESS EXECUTIVE; ACTOR; PHILANTHROPIST

Shaffer Chimere Smith is a Grammy award-winning singer, a songwriter, composer, producer, actor and one of music’s most talented and prolific artists. In less than five years, he has produced three No.1 albums, has had five top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100, two number-one albums on the Billboard 200, sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Tim McGraw. He is Senior Vice President of A&R at Motown. But it doesn't stop there. He's a humanitarian and an actor. He's a philanthropist and a father. He has even spoken at Oxford.

As one of the industry’s most sought after songwriters, Ne-Yo has gladly shared his prodigious talents with his fellow artists, penning number one hits for Beyonce (“Irreplaceable”), Rihanna (“Take A Bow”) and Mario (“Let Me Love You”), as well as chart toppers for Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Kanye West, Lionel Richie and many more. All three of Ne-Yo’s previous albums—2006’s In My Own Words, 2007’s Because of You, 2008’s Year of the Gentleman—have been certified platinum. He produced various top 10 hits, including “Sexy Love,” “Because of You,” “Mad,” and “Closer.” 

Hollywood has also embraced him, both in front of and behind the camera. He’s written music for films like Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, The Princess and the Frog, and I Can Do Bad All by Myself. Meanwhile, he’s appeared on screen in multiple films, including Stomp the Yard, Save the Last Dance 2, and Columbia Pictures Battle: Los Angeles. George Lucas’ Red Tails (dealing with the Tuskegee Airmen) was released January 2012. He is also a producer for Cartoon Network's new action/adventure animated series, I Heart Tuesdays. Music, however, will always be his first love, he says, which is why he guest starred in February 2012 on NBC's The Voice as a vocal coach for the contestants. His fifth studio album, R.E.D., was released in November 2012, entering the Billboard 200 chart at number four. This marked his third consecutive top-ten album.


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