|Cee Lo Green & Mr. Will-W.|
Atlanta native Cee Lo Green né Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, has seen many incarnations already in his career, but now only is he reaping the rewards of his perseverance. Originally a part of the Hip Hop group Goodie Mob, those who have been paying attention have seen him transform into the Lead Vocalist of Duo Gnarls Barkley, which saw some success back in 2006 on both sides of the Atlantic with hit Crazy. To clarify, the Duo has not yet disbanded according to Green and they plan to release more material together. A Goodie Mob reunion album is also in the works. Now in the spotlight on his own, all eyes are on the spirited Vocalist with a voice so remarkable that few needed an introduction when he resurfaced again late Summer, when the likes of Perez Hilton already were claiming infectious single Fuck You! one the year's best.
Green, currently promoting his new album The Lady Killer, released last Tuesday. The album is onto its second single It's OK, similarly feel-good Motown, now after having spawned the aforementioned Viral hit, which of course depending where in the world is known also as F**K You!, FU or more commonly, Forget You. Certifiably a Radio Hit, peaking at number 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and even better in other parts, the track and album continue to be lauded by Celebrities and Tastemakers alike. As we all know, the album's first single received the Glee Makeover on last week's episode The Substitute featuring Gwyneth Paltrow. But furthermore, even Glee's Lea Michele and Chuck Actor Zachary Levi have taken to Twitter in praising Green; both cannot stop listening.
On his way out, Green's Publicist flashed me a nod and a smile indicating that his Client was not far behind. And there he was - all smiles and ready to sign an Autograph (one item only as per his Publicist) for myself and another Professional Fan. Before long, on-lookers took notice and two Women stopped fully, asking "Oh my God, Cee Lo! Can we get a picture?".
Upon arriving at me, Green tugged me over and did a goofy pose, showing that distinguishable Hitchcock-like profile. "That's gonna be a great photo!", I could hear someone saying. And it was.
Cee Lo Green's album The Lady Killer is now in stores through Warner Music. Check out my review of it here.
Green also is v. active on Twitter. Follow him here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)