Singer, rapper and songwriter Cee Lo Green (born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) began his professional music career as a founder member of the southern hip-hop group the Goodie Mob with Big Gipp (Cameron Gipp), Khujo (Willie Edward Knighton Jr.) and T-Mo (Robert Barnett) in 1991. The original line-up cut three albums; Soul Food (1995), Still Standing (1998) and World Party (1999) and in the same period they worked with several other Atlanta bands including Outkast (contributing to the album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and TLC (providing backing vocals on the international hit 'Waterfalls'). The group also made an appearance as the Not So Goodie Mob in the 1999 Ben Stiller comedy movie Mystery Men. Green duetted with Lauryn Hill on the track 'Do You Like The Way' from the 1999 multi-platinum and multi-Grammy Award winning Santana album Supernatural before quitting the Goodie Mob and releasing his own soul flavoured debut album Cee Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections in 2002. Reaching No 11 in the USA the record featured appearances from Big Gipp and Blues Traveler's John Popper.
Two years later Green was back with the follow-up Cee Lo Green Is... The Soul Machine, a more guest laden affair that featured appearances from artists and producers including Pharrell Williams (both solo and as part of The Neptunes), Timbaland, Jazze Pha, T.I., Ludacris, Organized Noize and DJ Premier. Despite modest success and critical acclaim Green's solo albums had failed to find a mass audience and he began collaborating with Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton) under the name of Gnarls Barkley and they first worked together on the 2005 Danger Mouse and MF Doom team-up - DangerDoom and their album The Mouse And The Mask. The duo's first single as Gnarls Barkley was 'Crazy' which when released in March 2006 debuted at No 1 in the UK charts where it became the first record to top the charts on downloads alone. The single peaked at No 2 in the USA and one month later their album St. Elsewhere replicated 'Crazy's success by topping the UK charts and climbing to No 4 in the USA. The album later won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album while the subsequent single 'Smiley Faces' peaked at No 10 in the UK and was promoted with a popular video featuring Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell.
In 2008 the duo released their second album The Odd Couple that despite failing to yield any significant hit singles entered the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic. 2010 proved to be another busy and successful year, Green released the single 'Fuck You' (co-written with Bruno Mars) which peaked at No 1 in the UK and No 2 in the USA while the attendant album The Lady Killer (No 9 and No 3 in the USA and UK respectively) provided more hits with 'It's OK' and 'Bright Lights Bigger City'. 'Fuck You' (a profanity free radio friendly version entitled 'Forget You' was also recorded) was also a massive international success, received five Grammy Award nominations (winning one for Best Urban/Alternative Performance) and despite failing to top the US charts sold in excess of six million copies there. Having resolved their past differences in 2006 The Goodie Mob subsequently performed together several times and in 2011 signed a contract with Elektra Records although their new album Age Against The Machine didn't hit the shops for another two years when it debuted at No 30 on the US charts. 2011 also saw Green taking on the role of a coach on the popular NBC TV Talent competition The Voice, a position he reprised in the second, third and fifth seasons. He also released the obligatory seasonal album Ce Loo's Magic Moment containing standards including 'The Christmas Song', 'White Christmas', Silent Night', 'Baby It's Cold Outside' (featuring Christina Aguilera) and 'Merry Christmas Baby' (featuring Rod Stewart and Trombone Shorty). As a songwriter his co-write 'Don't Cha' was a global chart topper for the Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes. Green has also recorded with numerous other artists including 'Lil Star' by Kelis, 'Less Than An Hour' by Nas, 'Pretty Please (Love Me) by Estelle, 'Be By Myself' by Asher Roth, 'Letter To My Son' by Don Trip and 'Hello' by T.I. Announcing his fourth album would be called Girl Power he released a new single 'Only You' (featuring Lauriana Mae) although it failed to chart.
While an able rapper Cee Lo Green is a particularly gifted old school soul singer, his powerful voice similar to the Motown, Stax and Atlantic greats and it was particularly apt that he was chosen to support Lionel Richie on the North American leg of his 2014 All The Hits All Night Long tour. Following in the tradition of celebrities such as The Osbournes and The Kardashians, Green also launched his own TBS TV reality show Cee Lo Green's: The Good Life in 2014.
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