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Ne-Yo: How Music Saved My Life

Thu, December 20, 2012 5:10pm EDT by Chloe Melas Add first Comment

The three-time Grammy Award winner stopped by in the midst of his 6th Annual Giving Tour, an event that helps brighten up the holidays for underprivileged youth and foster care children, and he told us why it’s so important for him to take time and give back.

Ne-Yo isn’t just in the studio recording hit music, he’s a father-of-two and trying to touch the lives of children everywhere. Ne-Yo, who was recently appointed the VP of A&R at Motown Records, created the Compound Foundation, which he founded in 2007 to help young kids in foster care to become empowered and follow their dreams.

Ne-Yo was headed to Newark, NJ., for the third stop on his 6th Annual Compound Foundation Giving Tour when he came to His Compound Foundation partnered with The Boys and Girls Club and they kicked off the tour in Las Vegas on Dec. 17, went to LA, Newark and then ending on Dec. 20 in Atlanta. But the tours aren’t the only things that Ne-Yo’s foundation is doing.

“Music I can honestly say saved my life, the power of it music is what made me who I am today, in this chair right this second,” Ne-Yo said. “We’ve taken some music studios and put them into group homes. There’s one in Atlanta.”

Ne-Yo, who just released his fifth studio album R.E.D., told us what it stands for: realizing every dream. He confirmed he’s indeed in the studio working with Beyonce and he’s totally up for collaborating with Rihanna again. Keep in mind, he wrote Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” and Rihanna’s “Unfaithful” and “Russian Roulette.”

— Chloe Melas

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