Cee Lo Greenis an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman who came to initial prominence as a member of the southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity. Internationally, Greenis best known for his soul work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley's 2006 worldwide hit Crazy, which reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
Both of his parents were ordained ministers, and he started his music career in church. His father died when
Greenwas two years old. His mother, Sheila J. Tyler-Callaway, a firefighter, was paralyzed in a car crash and died two years after the accident when Greenwas 18 and his career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off. He sank into a deep depression, which he later wrote about in various songs throughout his career.
Cee Lo Green was married to
Christina Johnsonin 2000 and has together a child until they filed for divorce in 2004.