Sheldon Haley (born December 18, 1972), better known as Shay or Shade, is an American musician. He is a member of the funk rock band, N*E*R*D, who often contributes backup vocals, while Pharrell carries lead duties, and Chad Hugo supplies the production. His role in the band is often questioned, but in a recent interview, Pharrell stated that Shay is the root of the band. Pharrell also stated that Shay keeps everyone grounded and together. Haley cites The Beatles as the rock act which was his main influence and inspiration. Haley appears to keep away from the spotlight, compared to his band mates, Williams, and, to a lesser extent, Hugo, who are both members of the production duo The Neptunes. During an interview by The Source Magazine, Haley stated that this is all intentional as he does not wish to pay the price of fame, such as being mobbed by masses of fans or having to hire a bodyguard. Recently he married Jackie Garcia, ex-girlfriend of deceased NFL Safety Sean Taylor. Haley has appeared as himself on many shows including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Viva La Bam, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Top of the Pops, Last Call with Carson Daly, and AV Squad.