Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Adventures in Preachers' Kids: Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green and his hit "Forget You" (Um, or alternately, "F*** You") is all over the place, thanks to iTunes and Glee and his performance with Gwyneth Paltrow (?) and the Muppets (???) at Sunday's Grammy's. But did you know he's the son of a preacherman? And a preacherwoman?

As a fellow PK, I decided I'd share a little info on Mr. Green's churchy beginnings. From Wikipedia:

"Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974),[1] better known by his stage name Cee Lo Green or simply Cee Lo, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. He originally came to prominence as a member of the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob, later launching a critically acclaimed solo career[2] and forming Gnarls Barkley with DJ/producer Danger Mouse...

Cee Lo was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta. Both of his parents were ordained ministers and he started his music career in his church. His father died when he was 2 years old. His mother Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway was involved in a car crash, leaving her paralyzed, of which she died two years after the accident. At the time, Cee Lo was 18-years old and his career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off..."

I'm amazed that he was able to overcome such hardship to become an internationally renowned star.

Following is the video for "Forget You", which showcases his strong Gospel/Soul roots. I hear this song and can't help but think of Al Green, who has hits in both the secular and Christian world.


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