Monday, March 8, 2010

CD Spotlight - Ne Yo - The Year of the Gentlemen

Title: The Year of the Gentleman
Author: Ne Yo
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Ne Yo is Las Vegas’ own star. Although very young, he has a versatile voice that allows him to go from a high range to the extreme low range in music. Not many artists are capable of that, but he has done so and has done it extremely well. He is featured on multiple artists CDs in a variety of formats, from rap music, soul, pop and much more. His music is fun and playful, yet serious and thought provoking. He tells a story is his songs, which is what makes him unique. He is also a very talented song writer and has written songs for many famous artists.

Ne Yo is sure to be around in one or more aspect of the entertainment industry, whether it is in singing, acting, producing or songwriting and many fans will continue to embrace him.

Songwriter, arranger, and vocalist Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Smith in Arkansas and raised in Las Vegas, NV. His start in the music industry came as a songwriter. Prior to exiting his teenage years, he penned material for Youngstown and broke through in 2004 with Mario's Let Me Love You, one of the most-played songs on urban radio stations across the U.S.

In My Own Words, the second album he recorded but the first one to be released, came out in early 2006 and reached the top of the charts, supported by the number one hit So Sick. During the same year, he appeared on Remy Ma's There's Something About Remy and Ghostface Killah's Fishscale, and he had a hand in writing a pair of Top Ten hits: Beyonce's Irreplaceable and Rihanna's Unfaithful. Because of You, his second album, followed in May 2007.

He has also written for Marques Houston, Cassidy, Heather Headley, and Musiq Soulchild. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide (Retrieved, 3/8/10)

The Year of the Gentlemen was produced in 2008, but many of the songs are still played on urban stations across the country. My favorite song on this CD is of course Miss Independent. This is a great dance song, but the words also feed the soul. Many women are the breadwinners and are not looking to be taken care of as most stereotypes would have one believe. There are those who enjoy doing things on there own and in there own way, which makes them successful, hence an Independent Woman.

Miss Independent
She got her own thing
That's why I love her
Miss Independent
Won't you come
And spend a little time
She got her own thing
That's why I love her
Miss independent

What is your favorite song by this artist? What song has he written for other artists that you enjoy most? Do you think Ne Yo has what it takes to have longevity in the entertainment industry? Why or why not?

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