Shaffer Chimere Smith better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father is of African American and Chinese descent and his mother is African-American. Ne-Yo gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract. In 2011 Ne-Yo was approached by Cartoon Network to help create an animated series. Ne-Yo announced that the show would be titled I Heart Tuesday and that he had created it for his sister. Ne-Yo appeared in an episode of the seventh season of CSI: NY as a hit-man, under his birth name of Shaffer Smith. In 2011, Ne-Yo appeared in an episode of The Fresh Beat Band as himself. He starred as the Tin Man in NBC musical telecast adaptation of The Wiz. The musical telecast premiered December 3, 2015 as a three-hour event. For his performance, he received a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie made for Television or Limited Series.