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Format: CD
Sku: 202144208
UPC: 602498826126
UPC 14: 00602498826126
Release Date: 2/28/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Stay ~ Ne-Yo
2. Let Me Get This Right ~ Ne-Yo
3. So Sick ~ Ne-Yo
4. When You're Mad ~ Ne-Yo
5. It Just Ain't Right ~ Ne-Yo
6. Mirror ~ Ne-Yo
7. Sign Me Up ~ Ne-Yo
8. I Ain't Gotta Tell You ~ Ne-Yo
9. Get Down Like That ~ Ne-Yo
10. Sexy Love ~ Ne-Yo
11. Let Go ~ Ne-Yo
12. Time ~ Ne-Yo
13. [Untitled Track] - (remix, Hidden Track) ~ Ne-Yo
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.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ne-Yo (vocals); Peedi Peedi (rap vocals); Tor Erik Hermanson, Mikkel SE (various instruments); Larry Gold (strings); Nissan Stewart (drums); Robert Taylor (guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Dave Pensado; Robert Horn ; Phil Tan.
Muze PNote Recording information: Compound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Manhattan Beach Recording Studios, NY; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Author: Ne-Yo.
Muze PNote Photographers: Kwaku Alston; Phil Knott; Nichell Delvaille.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

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

Engineer: Mikkel SE; Mike Tocci; Curtis "Sauce" Wilson; Sean Tallman; Robert Horn

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Peedi Peedi

Artist Overview

Pop/R&B sensation Ne-Yo is a music industry double-threat. In addition to releasing two hugely successful albums and scoring numerous Billboard hits (including a number 1 with 2006's "So Sick"), Ne-Yo has also written hits for some of the biggest names in pop and R&B, including Rihanna, Beyonce, Mario, Chris Brown, and Mary J. Blige. Ne-Yo is a multi-talented performer in the style of impresarios such as Jermaine Dupri, Teddy Riley, and Jay-Z. He even founded his own label, Compound Entertainment, in 2007.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations In My Own Words
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Muze Music Compilations Kingdom Come(Explicit Version)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Total Dance 2008
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of Real(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In A Perfect World
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Epiphany
Muze Music Compilations Roots (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Epiphany
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103
Muze Music Compilations Planet Pit(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Planet Pit
Muze Music Compilations Planet Pit(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Amibition
Muze Music Compilations Revolver (Edit)
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 13
Muze Music Compilations Think Like A Man:music/film (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Step Up Revolution (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 18 Months
Muze Music Compilations Ncis:los Angeles (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gifted
Muze Music Compilations Gifted(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Loved Me Back To Life
Muze Music Compilations I AM(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I Am
Muze Music Compilations MKTO(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Feels So Good
Muze Music Compilations INTUITION(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 Million Stories Vol 1 & 2
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 54
Muze Music Compilations ICON:GHOSTFACE KILLAH(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Cent, 50
New Kids On The Block
Smith, Shaffer

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/28/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 000493402
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498826126

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-

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ne-Yo
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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