Born: Shaffer Smith in Camden, AR, USA - Attended Las Vegas Academy of Int'l Studies, Performing & Visual Arts.
His stage name comes from a friend who describes him as seeing music the way Neo saw The Matrix
Legal name: Shaffer Smith
Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract.