S2/EP10 | Airdate: Apr 06, 2019

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Born and raised in Camden, Arkansas, Shaffer was raised by a single mother in a household filled with strong women role models that would serve as the inspiration for some of his biggest hits. With a father who was often abusing toward him and his mother, and then soon absent, Ne-Yo found out early on how important being a strong father figure would be to his future kids.Taking opportunities as a songwriter he was able to build a career before landing a record deal with Columbia Records – disagreeing with how they handled his career he left, resigned to songwriting before he was signed to Def Jam by L.A. Reid and could thrive as the artist he wanted to be.