A&R Profile: Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith

Name: Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith

Position: Senior VP of A&R, Universal Motown

After years of a successful career both recording Billboard hits and writing them for other stars, the R&B singer decided to take his talents into the business side of the music industry.  On January 24, 2012, it was announced that Ne-Yo would take over at Universal Motown as the Senior VP of A&R at the label.

“Ne-Yo commented on his appointment:

“I’m honored that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.”

Ne-Yo will serve as a producer and a mentor to the label’s artists and discover new talent to sign to the storied roster.




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