CLOSE

Ne-Yo has been relatively quiet, compared to his first arrival on the scene. But with a new deal with Motown, where he’ll serve as an artist and mentor to other signees, we should be hearing from him very soon.

Ne-Yo has announced that he is parting ways with Def Jam and moving to Motown Records, where he will also serve as senior VP of A&R.

According to Billboard.biz, the smooth crooner is bringing his Compound Entertainment imprint to the label. He will serve as a producer and mentor to Motown artists and discover and sign new talent.

Listen Live Z107.9 WENZ Cleveland

LISTEN LIVE. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE.

“I’m honored that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it,” said Ne-Yo.

“His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark,” added Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss. “But this move to Motown will provide new and inspiring challenges for Ne-Yo as both an artist and a key member of the new senior management team that is taking form at the label in 2012.”

via TheWordEyeHeard