Birthday: October 18, 1979
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Shaffer Chimere Smith was born October 18, 1979 .Better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, he is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Ne-Yo gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit “Let Me Love You” for singer Mario. The single’s successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam’s label head, and the signing of a recording contract.
He was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father is of African American and Chinese descent, and his mother is African-American. Both his parents were musicians. As a young child, he was raised by his mother after she separated from his father. In hopes of better opportunity, his mother relocated the family to Las Vegas, Nevada.
While in the Las Vegas Academy, Smith adopted the stage name “GoGo” and joined an R&B group called Envy, who appeared during amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo and on the MTV’s The Cut (hosted by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC). The group disbanded in 2000, and Smith continued to write songs for other artists before starting his solo career. The stage name “Ne-Yo” was coined by Big D Evans, a producer with whom Ne-Yo once worked,because Evans claimed that Ne-Yo sees music as Neo sees the matrix. His wife
In 2005, Jessica White, Ne-Yo’s girlfriend at the time, gave birth to a boy, naming him Chimere after Ne-Yo’s middle name. Though Ne-Yo believed he was the father, he later discovered the child was not his.
In June 2010, Ne-Yo told Ebony that he and his girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, were expecting their first child together, a girl due early in 2011. Shaw gave birth early to daughter Madilyn Grace Smith on November 12, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Announcing the birth, Ne-Yo said of his first child, “I’ve been in love before but this feels like nothing I’ve ever felt… like I’m in love for the first time.”
In September 2011, Ne-Yo revealed that he was expecting his second child with Monyetta Shaw. Shaw gave birth to a boy, Mason Evan Smith, on October 9, 2011.
In September 2015, the singer announced that he and Crystal Williams were engaged and expecting a child. They were married on February 20, 2016. Their son Shaffer Chimere Jr. was born in March 2016
In August 2015 Ne-Yo announced his seventh studio album with no title yet. However, he plans on the album to drop sometime in 2016. He also leaked a sneak peek of the potential lead single off the album titled “Hang W/” during a live recording in the studio.