On Thursday, September 21, the Up-Close and Personal tour came to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The young R&B artists gave an exciting and energized show. The San Antonio Current was able to catch up with artist Ne-Yo before he took the stage.
Tell me a little bit about where you grew up.
I was born in Arkansas but grew up in Las Vegas, where my mom worked for quite a while.
What would be the single most important thing that you could tell an artist who is following in your footsteps?
I would tell them to learn the business. You should know the `ins` and outs of the business and make sure that you’re responsible when taking care of your business.
What are some of the things you think about when selecting songs for your album?
I pick the songs that are the most relatable to fans, whether they’re in between the ages of 14 or 30 years old. So, I pick songs that make since to the young and old.
What can we expect from you next?
I have a movie coming out in January called Stomp The Yard starring Megan Good and Columbus Short. The movie is … similar to You Got Served, … about some young guys who play on the line and try to get into college. I also have an album coming out, and you can expect that to drop next year. I wrote the next single off Beyonce’s album, called “Irreplaceable,” and I am working on writing singles for Mario Vasquez, Paula Deanda, and Enrique.
What are some of the things you like to do when you’re not touring, and what are some of your hobbies?
My schedule is very hectic, because I get into one city and do a show, then the next day I’m in another completely different city doing a show. Whenever I get free time and I’m not touring or doing interviews, I am either catching up on my sleep or taking care of my one-year-old son. As far as hobbies go, I’m usually in the studio writing music if I am not busy.