3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: October 17, 2014
Show Times: 8pm
Born into a family of musicians, Shaffer C. Smith, aka Ne-Yo, was a youngster when his mother relocated to Las Vegas in hopes of a better life. A natural-born storyteller, Ne-Yo cited Prince, Marvin Gaye, the Rat Pack, and Stevie Wonder in his list of favorite entertainers.
After a couple of stints in local groups, Ne-Yo was astute enough to see the potential in song publishing. His talents as a songwriter soon began to blossom with cut after cut on major artists' albums and singles, including Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, Musiq, and Christina Milian.
His big break took place in 2004, when R&B singer-actor Mario scored a left-field No. 1 hit with "Let Me Love You," which Ne-Yo co-wrote with the track's producer Scott Storch. The song stayed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks, and became (at the time) the most-played song in radio history, with 189.5 million audience in its peak week. It finished out 2004 as the #1 most-played song of the year at radio, and also became one of the top-selling ringtone downloads of all time.