AMP Music Minute: Ne-Yo Becomes Motown Executive & More!
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Talk about increasing your resume! Singer, songwriter, producer, and actor[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Ne-Yo[/lastfm] has added one more title to his current list of jobs: Executive.
The Arkansas born, Las Vegas bred pop star was just named Senior Vice President of A&R at Motor City’s own, Motown Records.
The job of an A&R agent is to find and secure talent, and who better to be in charge of that than multi-platinum-selling artist and the songwriter responsible for some of the last decade’s biggest hits. It’s clear why he was chosen; now we just have to see what he does with his new position.
“I’m a combination of excited, honored and terrified all at once,” Ne-Yo told members of the press when the announcement first went out. But he still remains that he’s ready to face the challenges the new position brings. “Excited about a new beginning here at Motown, honored that I’ve 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 idols and career role models Mr. Smokey Robinson, these are big shoes to fill … But trust, I can handle it.”
Ne-Yo left his first home at Def Jam to take on this job at Motown, where he is also a recording artist. The Execs at Motown are more than glad to have such a distinguished gentleman on their team. “We are honored and humbled to have Ne-Yo as a part of the Motown family, as both a recording artist and in an A&R role,” said Motown senior VP Ethiopia Habtemariam. “We are committed to discovering, developing and nurturing R&B/Soul superstars here at Motown and in Ne-Yo we have both a global superstar and arguably one of the best songwriters in music. His presence on the executive team only strengthens our commitment to the very best in R&B.”
We couldn’t be more proud of Ne-Yo. This is just impressive!
“Closer” by Ne-Yo
- Do you think Ne-Yo will help bring Motown back to it’s glory days? Thoughts below in the comment section!