HK Magazine - - NIGHTLIFE -

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?


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