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Fast Facts

  • Entered the music industry as a member of the short-lived R&B group Envy.
  • Is a successful songwriter with writing credits that include Rihanna's "Take a Bow," Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" and Jennifer Hudson's "Spotlight."
  • The first three of his albums - In My Own Words, Because of You and Year of the Gentleman - went platinum.
  • In 2009, was nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best R&B Song.
  • Collaborated with Marvel's Stan Lee to create a comic book to accompany his 2010 album Libra Scale.
  • In 2011, performed at a campaign fundraiser for Barack Obama with the Goo Goo Dolls.
  • In 2012, signed to Motown Records and was named Senior Vice President of A&R of the label.
  • Founded the Compound Foundation, a national organization with a goal of enhancing the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes.


  • 2008, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Contemporary R&B Album: Winner


  • Madilyn Grace Smith — Daughter
  • Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr. — Son
  • Loraine Smith — Mother
  • Mason Evan Smith — Son
  • Crystal Renay — Wife
  • Monyetta Shaw — Ex-significant Other

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  • Birth Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith
  • Birth Place: Camden, Arkansas, United States
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Actor

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