By Alexis Tirado
Ne-Yo’s album, R.E.D., stands for Realizing Every Dream and he’s making that happen for thousands of foster children across the country. The three-time Grammy Award winner just wrapped up his Giving Tour which helps bring the holidays to kids who might otherwise not have one.
In partnership with his nonprofit, The Compound Foundation, which aims to empower and inspire youth in foster care, Ne-Yo visited five cities (his hometown of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Newark, NJ) to give toys to children. “I feel that circumstance — where and how you grow up — should have nothing to do with where you go in life. As a foster kid, as a group home kid, you’re kind of counted out before you get the opportunity to prove your worth. I don’t feel like that’s right,” he explained to MTV Act.
The singer, songwriter and actor will be a performer at MTV’s Club NYE 2013 special airing on December 31 at 11/10 c. He also told Act that he hasn’t made a resolution for 2013 yet. “I like to wait till the last minute, so I don’t cut off any fun I could possibly have until the New Year comes. So I’ll probably wait till the last 10 or 20 minutes of 2012 to make my New Year’s resolution,” he said.
When asked who he’d like to work with next year he admitted he wasn’t picky. For him it’s all about quality not quantity. “I’m about making music that’s going to mean something. My ideal is always to make something classic, something timeless, something that’s going to outlive me,” he said. With all the good he’s done in his life and the fact that he’s sold over 10 million records worldwide, we have a feeling his legacy will live on forever and ever, ever.