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Ne-Yo is an American songwriter, singer, dancer, recording producer and actor

InformationDetail
BirthdayOctober 18, 1979
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-songwriter, Actors, Singers
City/StateArkansas
SpousesCrystal Renay (m. 2016), Monyetta Shaw
Known asShaffer Chimere Smith
Childrens Madilyn Grace Smith, Mason Evan Smith
Universities
  • Rancho High School
Birth PlaceCamden, Arkansas, U.S.
Height173cm
GenderMale
FatherL
MotherLoraine Smith
Net Worth$16 Million as 2017
Sun SignLibra
Born inCamden, Arkansas, U.S.
Famous asAmerican singer-songwriter
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// Famous Singer-songwriter

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Who is Ne-Yo?

Ne-Yo is an American songwriter, singer, dancer, recording producer and actor, who first came to limelight in 2004 as a songwriter, when the song, "Let Me Love You", penned by him for singer Mario became a hit. The song impressed the label head of Def Jam so much that he signed a recording contract with him. Born in a musician family, Ne-Yo developed interest in song writing at a young age. Her mother was very supportive and motivated him to take his passion as his career. He started his music career with a band named ‘Envy’ from which he unfortunately separated in 2000. After parting ways from ‘Envy’, he got an entry in Columbia Records where his music album project was not launched for more than a year, forcing him to resign from the company. He eventually made his debut in 2006 with his album ‘In My Own Words’ which was extraordinarily successful, and reached the top spot on the Billboard 200. More successful album releases followed and he became one of the most sought songwriters. Ne-Yo not only earned a name in the field of song writing but also showcased his talent as singer, dancer and an actor. He has acted in films like ‘Stomp the Yard', 'Battle: Los Angeles', 'Red Tails' and many others.

// Famous Singers

Childhood & Early Life

Ne-Yo was born as Shaffer Chimere Smith on October 18, 1979, in Camden, Arkansas. His mother is African-American and his father is of Afro-American and Chinese descent. Both his parents were musicians.

His mother separated from her husband and moved to Las Vegas with her young son in hope of better life. At a very young age, Shaffer Chimere Smith began to develop his skills in song writing. His mother motivated him to work on his skills and pursue his passion as his career.

He joined the Las Vegas Academy to polish his skills and simultaneously joined an R&B group called Envy with a stage name "GoGo". Though the group disbanded in 2000, Smith continued to write songs for other artists.

The nick name “Ne-Yo" was given to him by a producer named Big D Evans with whom he once worked. Evans felt that Ne-Yo sees music as Neo sees the matrix, thus named him so.

Music Career

Ne-Yo entered the music and recording industry when he was still a teenager. He began his career as a member of the Romford-based band called Envy, which disbanded in 2000.

Columbia Records signed Ne-Yo, but he could not work with them for long as he realized that his song “The Girl” has been shelved for more than a year. However, the same song led his future in music.

An R & B artist Marques Houston on hearing the song “The Girl” decided to record it for his own album. The release of this song in 2003 brought fame to Ne-Yo and we was being counted amongst the top most songwriters of America.

By 2004, Ne-Yo had already started writing for the famous artists, such as Faith Evans, Christina Milian, Teedra Moses's and B2K. In the same year Ne-Yo wrote a singer Mario’s debut song, “Let Me Love You", which proved to be a turning point in his career.

The song peaked at number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and maintained the spot for nine long weeks. On the tremendous success of the album, Tina Davis, a former A&R rep for Def Jam Recordings, introduced Ne-Yo to L.A. Reid, Def Jam Recordings’ label head, who signed him for the company.

Debuting in 2006 with Def Jam Recordings, Ne-Yo released his album titled “In My Own Words”. The album turned out to be a record breaking hit; hopping at the 1st position on Billboard 200.

His second single album, 'So Sick' also touched the heights and debuted at the top spot on Billboard 200.

The second studio album of the Ne-Yo, titled, ‘Because of You’, was released in May 2007 and received huge appreciation from the audience and the artists.

Ne-Yo has worked on the song content for the number of successful artists of America. He wrote Michael Jackson’s “Black Eyed Peas”, Rihanna’s '”Take A Bow” and “Unfaithful”, Mario Vasquez’s “Gallery” and Beyonce Knowles' “Irreplaceable”.

He has also contributed for the singers like Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Lindsay Lohan's. Additionally, it has been reported that Ne-Yo will soon work with Marilyn Manson.

He has also performed the USA’s national anthem 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Wembley Stadium on the eve of the Special NFL match held, between New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.

Ne-Yo released his third album, ‘Year of the Gentleman’, internationally on August 5, 2008. The album got the huge number of positive reviews and hit the 2nd spot on the Billboard 200.

On September 2, 2009, Ne-Yo released greatest hits album, ‘The Collection’, in Japan followed by the release of many other singles like “Beautiful Monster," "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million,".

His album, ‘Libra Scale’, released in 2010, received huge criticism from the musicians and artists and could not impress the audience as well. The album thus proved to be a commercial disappointment.

In 2011, Ne-Yo’s collaboration with the American rappers Pitbull and Nayer, on his single "Give Me Everything", gave him his second US number-one single as the album peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ne-Yo released his fifth studio album, ‘Realizing Every Dream - R.E.D’, on September 18, 2012. In 2013, he collaborated with artists like Akon ,David Guetta, Jessica Sanchez , Celine Dion etc.

The sixth studio album of Ne-Yo” Non-Fiction” released on January 27, 2015 included collaborations with Charisse Mills and Pitbull. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart.

From 2016 till present, Ne-Yo has worked on many songs .The popular ones are "Sin Miedo", "Marry You", "Earn Your Love" and "Another Love Song".

Major Works

In 2004, Ne-Yo’s album “Let Me Love You” became an instant hit and was entitled as the eighth most successful single of the decade. The song won millions of hearts and brought fame to the artist.

In 2007, his first album with Def Jam Recordings - “In My Own Words”, turned out to be another hit. The album won a platinum certificate after selling around 4 million copies internationally.

The next album of Ne-Yo with Def Jam Recordings that followed was entitled ‘So Sick” .The album also became a great hit and sold more than 301,000 copies in US in the first week only.

On September 2, 2009, the greatest hits album of Ne-Yo, ‘The Collection’, was released in Japan. The album was ranked number four on Japan's Oricon weekly albums chart and sold 55,625 copies in the first week.

Awards & Achievements

Ne-Yo's second studio album, 'Because of You', won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

At the 2009 Grammy Awards, he won two awards for "Miss Independent", Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.

At 2009 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, Ne-Yo took home four awards, one each for "Closer", "Take a Bow", “Bust it” and “Miss Independent". In the same year, the Billboard ranked Ne-Yo as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade.

Personal Life & Legacy

Ne-Yo was raised solely by his mother in Las Vegas, Naveda. His first girlfriend was Moneta Shaw with whom he got engaged as well. She gave birth to his two children named Madilyn Grace Smith and a son, Mason Evan, on November 12, 2010 and October 9, 2011 respectively.

Later on Ne-Yo separated from Moneta Shaw and announced that he is engaged to Crystal Renay. On March 15, 2016, Crystal gave birth to their son who they named as Prince Shaffier Chimere Jr.

Back in 2008, Ne-Yo was once arrested for fast driving in Georgia. He was driving at a speed of over 100 miles per hour and that too without the driving license. For breaking the traffic rules, he was sentenced to 24 hours community service and had to pay a fine of $1000.

// Famous Actors

Ne-Yo awards

YearNameAward

Grammy Awards

2009Best R&B SongWinner
2009Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceWinner

Ne-Yo biography timelines

  • // 18th Oct 1979
    Ne-Yo was born as Shaffer Chimere Smith on October 18, 1979, in Camden, Arkansas. His mother is African-American and his father is of Afro-American and Chinese descent. Both his parents were musicians.
  • // 2000
    He joined the Las Vegas Academy to polish his skills and simultaneously joined an R&B group called Envy with a stage name "GoGo". Though the group disbanded in 2000, Smith continued to write songs for other artists.
  • // 2000
    Ne-Yo entered the music and recording industry when he was still a teenager. He began his career as a member of the Romford-based band called Envy, which disbanded in 2000.
  • // 2003
    An R & B artist Marques Houston on hearing the song “The Girl” decided to record it for his own album. The release of this song in 2003 brought fame to Ne-Yo and we was being counted amongst the top most songwriters of America.
  • // 2004
    By 2004, Ne-Yo had already started writing for the famous artists, such as Faith Evans, Christina Milian, Teedra Moses's and B2K. In the same year Ne-Yo wrote a singer Mario’s debut song, “Let Me Love You", which proved to be a turning point in his career.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, Ne-Yo’s album “Let Me Love You” became an instant hit and was entitled as the eighth most successful single of the decade. The song won millions of hearts and brought fame to the artist.
  • // 2006
    Debuting in 2006 with Def Jam Recordings, Ne-Yo released his album titled “In My Own Words”. The album turned out to be a record breaking hit; hopping at the 1st position on Billboard 200.
  • // 2007
    The second studio album of the Ne-Yo, titled, ‘Because of You’, was released in May 2007 and received huge appreciation from the audience and the artists.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, his first album with Def Jam Recordings - “In My Own Words”, turned out to be another hit. The album won a platinum certificate after selling around 4 million copies internationally.
  • // 2008
    Ne-Yo's second studio album, 'Because of You', won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
  • // 2008
    Back in 2008, Ne-Yo was once arrested for fast driving in Georgia. He was driving at a speed of over 100 miles per hour and that too without the driving license. For breaking the traffic rules, he was sentenced to 24 hours community service and had to pay a fine of $1000.
  • // 5th Aug 2008
    Ne-Yo released his third album, ‘Year of the Gentleman’, internationally on August 5, 2008. The album got the huge number of positive reviews and hit the 2nd spot on the Billboard 200.
  • // 2009
    At 2009 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, Ne-Yo took home four awards, one each for "Closer", "Take a Bow", “Bust it” and “Miss Independent". In the same year, the Billboard ranked Ne-Yo as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade.
  • // Sep 2009
    On September 2, 2009, Ne-Yo released greatest hits album, ‘The Collection’, in Japan followed by the release of many other singles like “Beautiful Monster," "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million,".
  • // Sep 2009
    On September 2, 2009, the greatest hits album of Ne-Yo, ‘The Collection’, was released in Japan. The album was ranked number four on Japan's Oricon weekly albums chart and sold 55,625 copies in the first week.
  • // 2010
    His album, ‘Libra Scale’, released in 2010, received huge criticism from the musicians and artists and could not impress the audience as well. The album thus proved to be a commercial disappointment.
  • // 2010 To 2011
    Ne-Yo was raised solely by his mother in Las Vegas, Naveda. His first girlfriend was Moneta Shaw with whom he got engaged as well. She gave birth to his two children named Madilyn Grace Smith and a son, Mason Evan, on November 12, 2010 and October 9, 2011 respectively.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, Ne-Yo’s collaboration with the American rappers Pitbull and Nayer, on his single "Give Me Everything", gave him his second US number-one single as the album peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • // 2012 To 2013
    Ne-Yo released his fifth studio album, ‘Realizing Every Dream - R.E.D’, on September 18, 2012. In 2013, he collaborated with artists like Akon ,David Guetta, Jessica Sanchez , Celine Dion etc.
  • // 27th Jan 2015
    The sixth studio album of Ne-Yo” Non-Fiction” released on January 27, 2015 included collaborations with Charisse Mills and Pitbull. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • // 2016
    From 2016 till present, Ne-Yo has worked on many songs .The popular ones are "Sin Miedo", "Marry You", "Earn Your Love" and "Another Love Song".
  • // 2016
    Later on Ne-Yo separated from Moneta Shaw and announced that he is engaged to Crystal Renay. On March 15, 2016, Crystal gave birth to their son who they named as Prince Shaffier Chimere Jr.

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Ne-Yo's FAQ

  • What is Ne-Yo birthday?

    Ne-Yo was born at 1979-10-18

  • Where is Ne-Yo's birth place?

    Ne-Yo was born in Camden, Arkansas, U.S.

  • What is Ne-Yo nationalities?

    Ne-Yo's nationalities is American

  • Who is Ne-Yo spouses?

    Ne-Yo's spouses is Crystal Renay (m. 2016), Monyetta Shaw

  • Who is Ne-Yo childrens?

    Ne-Yo's childrens is Madilyn Grace Smith, Mason Evan Smith

  • What was Ne-Yo universities?

    Ne-Yo studied at Rancho High School

  • How tall is Ne-Yo?

    Ne-Yo's height is 173

  • Who is Ne-Yo's father?

    Ne-Yo's father is L

  • Who is Ne-Yo's mother?

    Ne-Yo's mother is Loraine Smith

  • What is Ne-Yo's sun sign?

    Ne-Yo is Libra

  • How famous is Ne-Yo?

    Ne-Yo is famouse as American singer-songwriter

  • What is Ne-Yo's facebook?

    Ne-Yo's facebook is https://www.facebook.com/NEYO/

  • What is Ne-Yo's twitter?

    Ne-Yo's twitter is https://twitter.com/NeYoCompound/

  • What is Ne-Yo's youtube?

    Ne-Yo's youtube is https://www.youtube.com/user/NeYoVEVO/

  • What is Ne-Yo's instagram?

    Ne-Yo's instagram is https://www.instagram.com/neyo/