Sure, three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo has a fifth studio album to release soon, and he’s working furiously on that. In the meantime the talented multi-platinum artist has a new day job; he will take on A&R duties at Motown.
“I’m a combination of excited, honored and terrified all at once!” Ne-Yo said about being named senior vice president of A&R. “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.”
In this new role, Ne-Yo will serve as mentor and producer to current artists on the roster, as well as discover new talent.
Ne-Yo says he’s looking forward to the challenge, although with butterflies in his stomach. “Trust, I can handle it.”
“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 Ethiopia Habtemariam, senior vice president of Motown Records.
Ne-Yo’s fifth album will be released on Motown this summer; he can also be seen in upcoming episodes of NBC’s “The Voice,” where he will serve as a mentor for Cee-Lo Green’s team. Ne-Yo’s album, Libra Scale (2010) was his last recording for Def Jam.