Now that’s he fastening his seat belt as new VP of A&R at his new home with Motown Records, Ne-Yo is eyeing big plans for the legendary label and the future of music. So legendary, that the haven to The Temptations, The Jackson 5, The Supremes and more familiarized an entire nation with their soul-dipped tunes.
The 32-year old entertainer plans to bring that back.
“I want to get back to a place where everybody’s listening to the same thing no matter what race, color, creed you are,” the Grammy-winning singer said in an interview Wednesday. “(Now) there’s music that’s specifically for black people and there’s music that’s specifically for white people, and I feel like the essence of … music is lost when you do that.”
As one of the duties of an A&R, Ne-Yo will get to scout fresh talent for the label’s liking, but says his eye out for noteworthy, talented artists…
“I definitely plan on making sure the people I bring to the industry are going to be an asset to the industry as opposed to a liability,” said Ne-Yo. “It’s more than ‘She looks good in a short skirt’ or ‘He looks good with his shirt off’ — it’s about somebody that has a talent.”