Having just launched his sophomore Def Jam album, “Because of You,” Ne-Yo is gearing up to deliver another enterprise. Come Wednesday evening (May 30), he’ll unlock the doors to his new studio, Carrington House.
Ensconced in a gated residential area of Atlanta, the complex boasts three state-of-the art studios, two fully equipped kitchens and a chic lounge for chilling between recording stints. Chief on Ne-Yo’s Carrington schedule is developing the artists and producers who comprise his Compound Entertainment roster.
Artists include female rapper Chi Chi Glacierz, R&B singer Paula Campbell, R&B singer/producer Sixx John and R&B artist/choreographer Shanell. Producers include the Heavyweights, Shay Taylor, Chuck Harmony and engineer Jaymz Skylar.
In tandem with R&B/hip-hop station WVEE-Atlanta, Ne-Yo is also staging a talent search for the next solo or R&B group star. Auditions are set for June 2-4 at La Bam Studio in downtown Atlanta, and judges include producer Jazze Pha and “Idlewild” director Bryan Barber.
A final five will vie for a three-year contract with Compound Entertainment and a three-year management deal with the J White Agency. The winner will be chosen June 5.