Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B singer, Ne-Yo wants his son to be respected. That is why the singer-songwriter was very careful in selecting the name of his second child and only son.

The 32-year old “Red Tails” star recently told People magazine that he and his fiancée Monyetta Shaw gave their son the name Mason Evan Smith because they wanted a name that would command respect and serve him well later on in life.

“We needed him to have a name that felt like a gentleman, like somebody you have to respect. Mason Evan Smith, you have to respect that name.”

The young couple also has a 16-month old daughter named Madilyn Grace.

When asked if he wants his children to follow in his musical footsteps, Ne-yo says, he’s leaving that decision totally up to them.

”I’m not going to be that dude that predestines my children’s future. I’m just going to do my best so that my daughter doesn’t end up on a pole and my son doesn’t end up on the corner. And whatever they do outside of that is pretty much their decision.”