Ne-Yo Signs to Motown Records, Becomes Senior VP of A&R
Ne-Yo is known to be a singer, producer, and songwriter. Now he can add A&R to his resume. It has been revealed that the ‘Red Tails’ movie star now calls Motown Records home.
Not only did Ne-Yo sign a deal with the label, but he has been named the senior vice-president of A&R. Ne-Yo’s roles with the position include mentoring and producing for artists on the label and signing new talent.
“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 told Billboard.
Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss also spoke on Ne-Yo’s move to Motown. “His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark,” Weiss said in a statement. “But this move to Motown will provide new and inspiring challenges for Ne-Yo as both an artist and a key member of the new senior management team that is taking form at the label in 2012.”
Ne-Yo will still be making strides in his own career, as his new album is set for a summer release.