Ne-Yo stars in "Red Tails," executive produced by George Lucas. .

As an actor, Ne-Yo was also recently seen in "Battle: Los Angeles," opposite Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez, "Stomp the Yard" and "Save the Last Dance 2."

Ne-Yo is most well known as a Grammy award-winning singer, a songwriter, composer, and producer. In less than five years, he's produced three No.1 albums, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and collaborated with everyone from Michael Jackson to Tim McGraw. After taking a few years off to work on several films, Ne-Yo's now back with his fourth project, "Libra Scale," a stellar effort that's sure to race up the charts and catapult the R&B superstar to even greater heights.

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 gone platinum and produced a slew of 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 "The Princess and the Frog," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." Meanwhile, he's appeared on screen in handful of films, including "Stomp the Yard" and "Save the Last Dance 2." Two more films starring the singer—George Lucas's "Red Tails" and Columbia Pictures' "Battle: Los Angeles"—are in the pipeline. Music, however, will always be his first love, he says.

When asked how he's evolved as an artist, Ne-Yo's answer is simple: "I'm not afraid anymore," he says. "When you're first starting out you try so hard to get in the business and when you finally do get in, you don't want to do anything to piss anybody off. You're afraid you might get kicked out."




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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: October 18, 1982
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith
Birthplace: Camden, AR


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