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R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo tells Sophia Lam about his feelings towards our city, the secret side of Céline Dion and his worst stage slipup.
Yo: My first time in the city, I sang at Coco Lee’s wedding; the second time, I was here for a TV show but I literally just stayed long enough for the show.
So I didn’t really get the chance to see the city and be a tourist. Hopefully this time, I’ll get to do so. Judging by my very limited experience of Hong Kong, the word that comes to mind is “elegant.” Everything is really beautiful, and the people are kind—it just has a great vibe.
A Ne-Yo show is one hundred percent about the music. I want people to come and feel the music. You can sit there and stare at me for an hour, or get up and dance if you feel like it—do whatever the music makes you do.
There’s a song in the R.E.D. album, called “Maddie’s Song.” The first night I brought my daughter home from the hospital, she was crying and nothing could comfort her. I played this song on my iPhone, and the second it came on, she was quiet. That’s why it became Maddie’s Song.
If I have to pick one, it has to be Céline Dion. I was terrified when she said she wanted to work with me. I was like, “Why ME?” But I discovered she had a really silly side.
I remember it was towards the beginning of my career at a birthday party. I did not see the trench in front of the stage and fell right into it. The audience could only see my head and arms moving about.
Only my pride.
HK Magazine: How would you sum up your impressions of Hong Kong?
Ne- HK: What should we be looking forward to in your coming performance?
NY: HK: Is there a song that holds a special place in your heart?
NY: HK: You’ve written a lot of songs for other artists. Which experience is the most unforgettable?
NY: HK: Tell us your most cringe-worthy slip up on stage.
NY: HK: Any future plans you can share with us?