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Ne-Yo: Tiny Desk Concert

There's nothing like hearing the oohs and aahs from the Tiny Desk audience when a recognizable note hits the soul. Ne-Yo's set list stoked up audible gasps with nonstop hits from his catalog and a few he's written for megastars. He came draped in a bedazzled outfit and his signature fedora (one we had to ask him to adjust to see his eyes). Not to be outdone, the band came outfitted in matching earth tones and sounded just as good as they looked.

As with most artists who've spent years on the radio, the charts and in the club, the challenge in our space is encapsulating those moments. He accepted this challenge by putting together a medley of some of his most celebrated jams, showing off just how prolific his pen is. "I've written a couple songs since I've been doing this thang," the singer said before passing Rihanna's "Take a Bow" to background singer Pamela Westbrook. Before the premiere of his "confessional," the song "Two Million Secrets," the singer reminded us that he also wrote Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" and co-wrote Mario's "Let Me Love You." He shared with us that there was a healthy dose of nerves during his set, but — forever the showman — Ne-Yo gave the ladies what they came for, closing with "Miss Independent."

SET LIST

  • "Because Of You"
  • "So Sick"
  • "Sexy Love"
  • "Take a Bow"
  • "Let Me Love You"
  • "Irreplaceable"
  • "Two Million Secrets"
  • "Miss Independent"


MUSICIANS

  • Ne-Yo: lead vocals
  • Justin Raines: bass guitar, key bass
  • Ray Ray Holloman: guitar
  • Monty Reynolds: keys
  • Madison Calley: harp
  • Leonard "Pudge" Tribbett: drums
  • Pamela Westbrook: vocals
  • Courtney Campbell: vocals
  • Brian Deshawn Kelly: vocals


TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Alanté Serene
  • Audio Engineer: Ted Mebane
  • Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Photographer: Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Tiny Desk Team: Kara Frame, Hazel Cills
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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Bobby Carter
Bobby Carter is a leader on the Tiny Desk Concerts team for NPR Music. He's brought an ever growing roster of big names and emerging artists through NPR's HQ to squeeze behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and record standout performances, including Usher, Mac Miller, Noname, Anderson.Paak and H.E.R.