Birthday: 18.10.1977 year
Age: 38 years
Birthplace: Camden, Arkansas, United States
Citizenship: SShAOriginalnoe name: Shaffer Smit
Original name: Shaffer Smith
Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known as Ne-Yo - Grammy, American singer and songwriter in the style of contemporary R & B and pop music.
Talented young guy Shaffer Smith, born October 18, 1982 in Arkansas in a family of musicians.But he said his father often beat her mother, eventually raised him it alone. Back in high school he was a member of RnB group "Envy", then his nickname was a GoGo. But the band broke up in 2000. Ne-Yo is not lowered his hands and became a successful songwriter. He wrote songs for such stars as Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Marques Houston,Faith Evans, Christina Milian, B2K, Nivea, Tyrese, Rihanna, Jamie Foxx and Heather Headley.And in this period of his life, a close friend of the singer introduced him to L.A. Reid (Def Jam Records), who immediately signed him. The new nickname given him by his friend (Shawn Milligan), who said that Ne-Yo sees music through and through,like Keanu Reeves as Neo sees the matrix. And already he Ne-Yo added the second part "-Yo", to be more in line Hip-Hop culture.
His first debut single was a song "Stay", written in conjunction with Peedi Crakk. He was in the top 36 in the Hot R & B / Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, but has not appeared in the Billboard Hot 100. The next track "So sick" was much more successful. The song took first place various charts, including the Hot 100 UK.In February 2006, he released his debut album "In My Own Words", which went double platinum. Ne-Yo is really similar to Neo from "The Matrix". It can be found almost everywhere,only to take Jamie Foxx and the last two albums Mary J. Blige "Unpredictable" and "The Breakthrough". It can also be heard on the track Ghostface "Back Like That", Remy Ma "Feels So Good", Fabolous "Make me better". Ne-Yo wrote the song "Unfaithful" for Rihanna. His beautiful voice can be found in the remix of Busta Rhymes "Touch It".He even managed to star in the film, "Leave me last dance 2 ".
Ne-Yo is working tirelessly : numerous tours, his promo film debut "Stomp The Yard",
writing texts for a variety of stars, including Britney Spears and Whitney Houston. But he managed to find time to record their second album "Know me",which will be released in late April this year. Already he released the first single from alboma- "Because Of You". The track is very popular on US radio stations: two weeks after it has been added to the playlist of 60 radio stations, reaching an audience of about 8 million listeners. The album "Know me" contributed producers such as Stargate,Heavy Weights, Nephew, Big D and Ish. .