American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor NeYo is back!
The Miss Independent crooner spoke extensively about being himself through the stage and behind it, as well as his hopes to win a grammy in the nearest future.
See all he said:
“I know the music industry is based on a lot of smoke and mirrors in a lot of cases, such as making things look like one thing versus what it actually is. I feel like I’ve been here long enough that I’ve surpassed the need for any of that.
“Towards the beginning of my first album, for example, there was a big debate on whether or not I should tell people how old I was or not. I was like, ‘Why would you not? Why does that matter?’
“My hope just in regards of staying true to myself has never really been an issue for me. I never really created a difference between Shaffer Smith, my actual name, and NeYo. They are kind of one in the same. It’s been a bit of a gift and a curse. As far as Shaffer Smith is concerned, I’ve never viewed myself as a celebrity. I’ve never viewed myself as above anybody else or anything like that. I’m a regular guy at the end of the day. I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and The Powerpuff Girls.
“I’ve just kind of always been me and been unapologetic about it and I think that that resonates with my fans. You can hear it in my music and you can hear me, my voice, my tone, my passion. I’ve always been who I am.
“I’m happy about what I’ve accomplished, but all of the people that I look up to musically all have Grammys in double digits, so as far as I’m concerned, I still have some work to do.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun