Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974), better known by his stage name Cee Lo Green or simply Cee Lo, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, 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 and forming Gnarls Barkley with DJ/producer Danger Mouse. Among Cee Lo's hits are the singles "Closet Freak" (2002); "I'll Be Around" (2003), produced by Timbaland; "Crazy" (2006), by Gnarls Barkley; and "Fuck You!" (2010) Cee Lo was born in Atlanta, and attended Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta. Both of Cee Lo's 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. She died 2 years after the accident, when Cee Lo was 18 years old and his career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off.