Shaffer Chimere Smith (October 18, 1982) better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter. He is of
African-American, and Chinese heritage.
Ne-Yo's debut album, In My Own Words, was released in early 2006, through Def Jam Recordings, and debuted at number one on Billboard 200,
selling over 301,000 copies in the first week. During the same week, Ne-Yo's second single "So Sick" (produced by Stargate) reached
number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart writing such songs as Rihanna's top ten hit "Unfaithful", Mario's "Let Me Love You", Mario
Vazquez's "Gallery", Paula DeAnda's "Walk Away (Remember Me)", and Beyoncé's Billboard Hot 100 ten-week number-one hit "Irreplaceable".