Along with co-starring in the new film Red Tails, an upcoming appearance on the NBC show The Voice, and a new album in the works, Ne-Yo can add another title to his resume. The singer was named Senior Vice President of A&R at Motown Records.
The move is accompanied by Ne-Yo’s transition from longtime label Def Jam, to Motown, on which he will release his new album, due this summer. In his new role, he will be responsible for mentoring and producing for artists currently on the label’s roster and discovering new talent.
On his new position, Ne-Yo expressed excitement:
“I’m honored that IÂ¹ve 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 career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.”
Senior Vice President of Motown, Ethiopia Habtemariam (pictured above), said of Ne-Yo:
“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 be the very best in R&B.”
Ne-Yo’s will also bring the artists on his Compound Entertainment with him when he makes the move to Motown. Congratulations to him!