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Ne-Yo, R&B Soul Singer 

Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1982), known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo began his career as a songwriter in 2004, when he penned the hit "Let Me Love You" for singerMario. 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. Ne-Yo was born in Camden, Arkansas. His mother is of African American and Chinese descent, and his father is African-American. Both his parents were musicians. As a young child, he was raised by his mother after she separated from his father.[2] 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[3] and on theMTV's The Cut[4] (hosted by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC).[5] The group disbanded in 2000, and Smith continued to write songs for other artists before starting his solo career.
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