Shaffer Smith was born on October 18, 1979, and is better known by his stage name of Ne-Yo. Ne-Yo gained fame for his song writing 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 lead to the signing of a recording contract.
Ne-Yo’s debut album “In My Own Words”, was released in 2006. The album was critically successful, reaching number one on the Billboard 200. It is certified platinum in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. Ne-Yo’s first single was “Stay” released in September 2005. The song was a success on the R&B charts, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His second single, “So Sick”, first released in November 2005 in the US, was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, certified platinum four times in the US and twice in Japan. “When You’re Mad” and “Sexy Love” were released afterwards from the album in 2006, reaching number 15 and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In April 2007, Ne-Yo released his second studio album, “Because of You”, and was the second number one platinum-selling album on the US Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Ne-Yo’s third studio album, “Year of the Gentleman”, was released internationally in August 2008. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards, “Closer” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and “Miss Independent” for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum twice in the United States, selling two million copies, and also reached platinum status three times in the United Kingdom and once in Japan. The third single, “Mad,” peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ne-Yo’s fourth studio album, Libra Scale was released in November 2010. Though Libra Scale reached number one in the UK R&B Singles and Albums Charts, and number 9 on the US Billboard 200, it sold less than the previous albums. Three single were released from the album, UK number-one hit “Beautiful Monster”, as well the R&B singles “Champagne Life” and “One in a Million”.
Ne-Yo released his fifth album, R.E.D. in November 2012. His mainstream lead single “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)”, which was released in July 2012, was certified platinum in the US, and sold over two million copies. Ne-Yo released his sixth album Non-Fiction in January 2015.