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Cee Lo Green--Biography of 'The Voice' Judge


Former Voice judge Cee Lo Green

Reality TV Credentials:

Cee Lo Green (born May 30, 1974 as Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) was a judge and coach on the NBC singing competition The Voice for the first three seasons.

Professional Background:

Cee Lo Green is a singer-songwriter, rapper and producer. He received five 2011 Grammy Award nominations for his international hit single "Forget You" (aka "F—k You"), which won the category for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. He also won the Brit Award for Best International Male performance.

Green first gained a following as a member of the hip-hop group Goodie Mob, which released three albums between 1995 and 1999.

Then Green formed Gnarls Barkley with DJ Danger Mouse and released the worldwide hit "Crazy," which reached No. 1 on multiple charts worldwide. In America, the 2006 single reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album, St. Elsewhere topped the UK Albums Chart and reached number four on the US Billboard 200 album charts.

Green then returned to his solo career and, in 2010, released the album The Lady Killer. That year he also had a single on the Sex and the City II soundtrack which reached number 9.

A frequent collaborator, Green has worked with many recording artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, OneRepublic, DJ Paul Oakenfold and Alien Ant Farm.

Additional Accomplishments:

Cee Lo Green is also an actor who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Parenthood and American Dad.

In January 2011, Green launched a FUSE TV talk show Talking to Strangers. He is currently the face for a 7UP campaign and is featured in a 2012 Las Vegas Tourism campaign.

Green will voice Murray the Mummy on the upcoming movie, Hotel Transylvania and will also appear in the film Sparkle.


Green's mother was a volunteer firefighter, and Green supports the National Volunteer Fire Council, a non-profit group representing volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services.

Green also supports sick children in hospitals around Atlanta and is developing a home where children can escape the hospital and enjoy life.

Personal Life:

Cee Lo Green grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where both of his parents were ordained ministers. He started singing in church.

A series of tragedies left Green an orphan. First, his father died when he was just two years old; then his mother, Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway, was killed in a fatal car crash when Green was 18.

Green was married to Christina Johnson until they divorced in 2005. They have a son, Kingston, together; and Green was a stepfather to Johson's daughters, Kalah and Sierra (who appeared on MTV's My Super Sweet 16).

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