CeeLo Green - CeeLo Green is Thomas Callaway


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Grammy winner CeeLo Green returns with soulful sound on new album

CeeLo Green is about to show a "soulful" side on his new album CeeLo Green is...Thomas Callaway, but it almost didn't happen.

The project — recorded in Nashville and overseen by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys — marks the first time that the "Forget You" singer recorded with a live band.

"There were no demos, there was no pre-recorded tracks or anything. The way we wrote these songs is to either be (on) acoustic guitar, or there was a mixture of acoustic (guitar), ukulele on some days, and then Wurlitzer, keys on the Wurlitzer (keyboard)." The results are, as CeeLo says, a more "stripped-down, soulful, sweet-hearted kind of project," but it's one that almost didn't happen. The short version is, Green was under the weather.

"The first two days I was there, I had to get some bed rest because I'm really susceptible to pollen," Green told HollywoodLife in a ZOOM interview. "My allergies are just terrible, and Nashville is apparently famous (for its pollen). So, I got sick as a dog for the first two days. And I didn't realize that that Dan had this surprise session for me full of all these great guys all waiting to play these records. And so, I pulled myself together and I rose to the occasion like the champion that I am and we made it all happen. So, yeah, I got goosebumps from the entire experience because I was hearing it for the first time as I was singing to it."

By the nature of the album's title, CeeLo Green Is...Thomas Callaway aims to showcase Tomas Callaway, the man behind CeeLo Green, Gnarly Davidson, Gnarles Barkley, and more. "I will say this and, giving myself a little bit of credit, almost everything I've done has been as organic as of an art form as it could possibly be. Hardly anything has been contrived," he says. "I've just been able to kind of be expressive in an involuntary action, and it just is reciprocated in a very genuine way."

1. For You
2. Lead Me
3. Little Mama
4. Don’t Lie
5. I Wonder How Love Feels
6. People Watching
7. You Gotta Do It All
8. Doing It All Together
9. Slow Down
10. Down with the Sun
11. Thinking Out Loud
12. The Way

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