In My Own Words (2006)
|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
|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.|
|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.|
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
Babyface | Blackstreet | El DeBarge | Jodeci | Kashif | Luther Vandross | Michael Jackson | R. Kelly | Teddy Riley
B. Smyth | Bei Maejor | Donell Jones | J. Holiday | John Legend | Justin Timberlake | Kuk Harrell | Lloyd (R&B) | Luke James | Mario | Miguel (R&B) | Musiq (Soulchild) | Noel Gourdin | Omarion | Robin Thicke | Ryan Leslie | T-Pain | Taio Cruz | Teedra Moses | The-Dream (Terius Nash) | Usher
Associated Artists and Works
|New Kids On The Block|
|Release Date : 02/28/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 000493402|
|Label : Def Jam (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602498826126|
- 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..."
- "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-