Singer Ne-Yo helped US military troops and their families celebrate the Fourth of July in New York on Saturday (JUly 2), by headlining a free concert on a army base in Brooklyn.
After posing for pictures with troops and their families, Ne-Yo explained his participation in the event in a press conference saying it’s been in the works for some time.
“Well it’s something that we were trying to put together for a little while — just a way for me to show my appreciation for what it is that the troops do,” said Ne-Yo. “I’m out here supporting the people who support me, and my free way of life. I’m happy to be here.”
Dressed in green Army camouflage-styled sneakers, a black Cassius Clay tee, and olive colored jacket and cap, the singer treated fans with such hits as “So Sick”, “Miss Independent”, “Can We Chill”, “Stay,” and “One in a Million.”
To conclude his performance, Ne-Yo told troops and those overseas: “Just to keep your heads up, and know that people back here at home are missing you everyday and praying for you everyday.
“Hurry up and come on back,” he added.
Ballerstatus.com caught up with the singer backstage, who discussed the direction of his upcoming album.
“The last album was a little complicated. I did something very, very artsy, in regards to the storyline and the whole nine yards,” Ne-Yo explained. “This new album, there will be no complicated storyline to try to follow, no concept to confuse anybody, just going to be quality music to vibe to.
“It’s going to be predominantly R&B, with a little bit of dance stuff mixed in here and there,” he continued. “I’ve been saying this album is going to be the most honest album that I’ve ever done in that, in that you won’t get the representative on this album. You’ll get all killer, no filler, the good and bad and ugly of Ne-Yo. At this point in the game it’s either love me or leave me alone.”