On Thursday 14th September I was asked to photograph Ne-Yo at The Barrowlands in Glasgow. This was one of his first shows on his UK tour. Ne-Yo was joined by supporting artist Adian Coker a new and upcoming rapper from England.
American R&B star Ne-Yo brought his “Good Man” Tour to Glasgow’s Barrowlands for the 2nd show of 8 U.K performance dates, and it comes to us just in time for his latest album of the same name which will be released later this month. From the very moment the record producing singer, songwriter, actor and dancer, Shaffer Chimere Smith stepped foot on the stage, with nothing other than his backing band and some clever use of laser lighting and set about delivering the journey of Ne-Yo to an almost packed venue of fans ranging from their 20’s to late 40’s.
The show kicks off with a short greeting from Ne-Yo, introducing himself and welcoming us to the 1st song of the night “So Sick”, a mellow slow jam from 2006 album “Libra Scale” before swiftly moving right into an up-tempo back catalogue of well-known dance/R&B tracks from early on in his career, including “Miss Independent”, “She knows”, “Champagne life” and “One in A Million”. Already the atmosphere is booming and the crowd are mirroring Ne-Yo, who’s clearly having a great time on stage singing and dancing.
Neyo has penned songs for likes of Rihanna, Conor Maynard, Mario, and Beyoncé (naming just a few amongst an array of famous singers he has written for), and those mentioned here got a good shout out before Ne-Yo sang his own personal takes on the songs he wrote for them during a more laidback acoustic/piano driven set.
He gave us a sneak peek into his soon to be released album, “Good Man”. Of the couple of tracks performed, it seems it will be little bit of everything R&B, pop, soul and dance. What an excellent show and night. Ne-Yo certainly spotlighted all the attributes that made him a global pop star.
Photographing Ne-Yo was a pleasure, his presence on stage made the job easy, hopefully we will work together again very soon.
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