In My Own Words CD (2006)

Artist: Ne-Yo

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A master in the art of storytelling, Ne-Yo began writing at an early age. A vivid imagination and creative energy has allowed Ne-Yo to write songs for multi-platinum artists such as Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq. When asked about writing number one hits for other artists, simply put, Ne-Yo said, "I feel there is always room for good music. I want to reach people's soul with my lyrics thru whatever vessel God chooses."

Set to release his debut album In My Own Words on Def Jam Recordings, this dynamic entertainer is ready to deliver. Infusing pop melodies to rich, soulful production the album is sure to score with fans and critics alike. Relying on mostly his own in-house crew Compound, Ne-Yo creates both a unique sound and sentiment for his records. Songs like the first single "Stay" (featuring Peedi Crack) exemplify Ne-Yo's nuanced, layered vocals and sample free production. "So Sick", a beautiful track in which he laments hearing love songs on the radio due to the feelings they conjure, reveals his voice to be clean and almost elated, but rich and weathered at the same time. But true to his charismatic character, the album shows many sides of Ne-Yo and even finds him lighter, more playful, even coy, on "When You're Mad." Sure cello hits move the track as Ne-Yo floats above, telling his woman that she's even more beautiful when she's mad.

With In My Own Words in the chamber, ready to go, Ne-Yo now just has to prepare himself for the stardom that is sure to follow. "The toughest part has been getting used to being known," he confesses, "I've always been the writer, the guy in the background, but being the actual artist is a whole new experience for me."

Citing Prince, Marvin Gaye, the Rat Pack, and Stevie Wonder in his list of favorite entertainers, Ne-Yo's album invokes a nostalgic feeling, a renaissance if you will. Whether it's the bedroom or the dance floor, Ne-Yo's songs are filled with passion and intense energy that pulls (you into the music) and puts you into a zone.

Ne-Yo is taking the music industry by storm, as he graces and challenges popular music with his writing and vocal talents. Much more than today's male singer, Ne-Yo is a rare artist; expressing creativity through drawings, paintings, martial arts and song. He is distinguished by youthful energy with in-depth lyrics that touch the soul.


Label DEF Jam
SKU 202144208
UPC 602498826126
UPC 14 00602498826126
Format CD
Release Date 2/28/2006
Author Ne-Yo
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work New Kids On The Block
Associated Artist/Work Pitbull
Associated Artist/Work Smith, Shaffer
Artist Influence Babyface
Artist Influence Blackstreet
Artist Influence El DeBarge
Artist Influence Jodeci
Artist Influence Kashif
Artist Influence Luther Vandross
Artist Influence Michael Jackson
Artist Influence R. Kelly
Artist Influence Teddy Riley
Artist Contemporary B. Smyth
Artist Contemporary Bei Maejor
Artist Contemporary Chris Rene
Artist Contemporary Curtis Fields
Artist Contemporary Donell Jones
Artist Contemporary Empire Cast
Artist Contemporary J. Holiday
Artist Contemporary Jason Derulo
Artist Contemporary John Legend
Artist Contemporary Justin Timberlake
Artist Contemporary Kuk Harrell
Artist Contemporary Lloyd (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Luke James
Artist Contemporary Maejor Ali
Artist Contemporary Mario
Artist Contemporary Miguel (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Musiq (Soulchild)
Artist Contemporary Noel Gourdin
Artist Contemporary Omarion
Artist Contemporary Rico Love
Artist Contemporary Robin Thicke
Artist Contemporary Ryan Leslie (R&B)
Artist Contemporary T-Pain
Artist Contemporary Taio Cruz
Artist Contemporary Teedra Moses
Artist Contemporary The-Dream (Terius Nash)
Artist Contemporary Usher
Artist Follower Avery Wilson
Artist Follower Eric Bellinger
Artist Follower Kevin Ross
Artist Follower Marcus Canty
Artist Follower Sebastian Mikael
Technical Info
Engineer Mikkel SE; Mike Tocci; Curtis "Sauce" Wilson; Sean Tallman; Robert Horn
Producer Theron Feemster "Neff U"; Brian Reid; Curtis "Sauce" Wilson; Ron "Neff U" Feemstar; Ervin "EP" Pope; Brandon Howard; Theron Feemster "Neff U"; Brian Reid
CatalogID 000493402
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 02/28/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 27s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498826126
Musical Guests
Peedi Peedi
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ne-Yo (vocals); Peedi Peedi (rap vocals); Tor Erik Hermanson, Mikkel SE (various instruments); Larry Gold (strings); Nissan Stewart (drums); Robert Taylor (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Dave Pensado; Robert Horn ; Phil Tan.
Recording information: Compound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Manhattan Beach Recording Studios, NY; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Author: Ne-Yo.
Photographers: Kwaku Alston; Phil Knott; Nichell Delvaille.
By the time of his Def Jam solo debut in 2006, Ne-Yo had already been a high-profile behind-the-scenes figure in contemporary R&B, penning hits for the likes of Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige. Like those artists, Ne-Yo's music is influenced by hip-hop beats and production values, but falls squarely under the rubric of modern soul, and the talent he displayed writing for others is abundant here.
The grooves on IN MY OWN WORDS are mostly down- to mid-tempo, with plenty of room to showcase Ne-Yo's way with a lyric and melody. The album's first single, "Stay," is a case in point, layering vocal lines for a choral effect while Ne-Yo's fine, flexible voice soars over the top. As one might expect, matters of the heart are the primary theme, but Ne-Yo proves that the market can handle another romantic neo-soul crooner, especially one this talented.
Artist Overview
A maker of sophisticated pop-R&B, Ne-Yo was one of the most successful songwriters and artists of the 2000s. His breakthrough came in 2004, as the co-songwriter of Mario's "Let Me Love You," a number one Hot 100 hit. By 2010, Ne-Yo had racked up a career's worth of accomplishments. He released three albums, all of which went platinum in the U.S. Seven of his singles, as well as five on which he appeared as a featured artist, peaked within the Top Ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Beyonc?'s "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna's "Take a Bow," two of the many songs he wrote for other artists, were smashes as well. The following decade, he devoted more time to artist development. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]tate-of-the-art bump 'n' grind....[He] has an R. Kelly-ish delivery and a high, urgent tenor a little like Stevie Wonder's..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.100) - "Ne-Yo not only co-writes all of his material, but he wisely forgoes token samples in favor of juicy OFF THE WALL-era chord progressions." -- Grade: B-
Disc 1
1 Stay
2 Let Me Get This Right
3 So Sick
4 When You're Mad
5 It Just Ain't Right
6 Mirror
7 Sign Me Up
8 I Ain't Gotta Tell You
9 Get Down Like That
10 Sexy Love
11 Let Go
12 Time
13 [Untitled Track] - (remix, Hidden Track)
Product Attributes
Artist Ne-Yo
Label Universal Music Group

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