Gaining momentum, he was signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist and recorded a full-length album.
Aside from writing and recording, Ne-Yo runs his own production company called Compound Entertainment, as well as The Compound Foundation.
Started in early 2007, The Compound Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of disadvantaged youth by building residential schools in group homes.
Despite his return to performance, Ne-Yo has not given up on writing songs for other artists.
Most notably, he has worked with Rihanna on “Unfaithful” and “Take a Bow,” and with Beyoncé for “Irreplaceable.” He has also worked with Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Enrique Iglesias.
Def Jam executives saw promise in Ne-Yo far beyond the reaches of songwriting.
The label began to work on making a debut album for him that would feature him as a singer.By Joanna Ricco Ne-Yo is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who broke into the music industry penning songs for other artists.After having written numerous hits for R&B and pop stars, he emerged as a solo singing talent to be reckoned with.Ne-Yo took his success to the political arena that same year, performing at a fundraising concert for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.In September of 2008, Ne-Yo released his third album, include “Closer” and “Miss Independent,” both testimonials to Ne-Yo’s belief in being a gentleman.Gay lions are spotted putting on very rare public display of affection in Kenya 'Not long till we have him back home where he belongs': Ne - Yo speaks on his relationship with Crystal Renay, dishes on Mo broke up and then, almost two years later, me and Crystal started dating.