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Cee Lo Green and Carrie Underwood to heat up State Fair

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 28, 2013 at 5:34 am |
March 27, 2013 5:14 pm

Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green and Carrie Underwood are the latest announced acts for the Washington State Fair in September. Tickets for both shows are now on sale. Green’s show will be on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Underwood will perform the following day.

Green was already well established in the music world with his hit “F— You” when he was made a coach on “The Voice.” There, he mentored Tacoma singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez to national stardom.

Country star Underwood got her start on another TV talent show: “American Idol.”

Here’s more about Green and Underwood:

Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green came onto the music scene as a member of the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob. Little did he know in the mid-1990s that he would become a singer/songwriter/producer/TV personality/actor/entrepreneur less than ten years later. Green is known not just as a Grammy Award Winner, but also as a mentor/judge on the third season of NBC’s hit show The Voice.

Cee Lo Green will perform on Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Concert Series, Presented by Columbia Bank. Tickets are $60, $50, $40, $30, $20 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission, unless noted. Tickets are available starting on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair Box Office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cee Lo Green grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with parents in the ministry. It was only natural that he started his music career in church. He lost both of his parents at a young age; his father when CeeLo was two, and his mother when he was 18. It was his mother and grandmother that taught Cee Lo and his sister Shedonna the importance of philanthropy, and they started the GreenHouse Foundation in 2012 with a mission to help make “green education” easier and accessible to students in underserved school districts.

Along with Bigg Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo, the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob was started in the mid-1990s, releasing their first album, Soul Food in 1995. They went on to release two more albums, Still Standing (1998) and World Party (1999). The four reunited recently, and their new album, Age Against the Machine will be released in the first quarter of 2013.

He then reinvented himself after Goodie Mob, and formed Gnarls Barkley with deejay-producer Danger Mouse to release the 2006 worldwide hit “Crazy,” which reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. After that he focused on his solo career, releasing the 2010 album, The Lady Killer, which featured his hit single, “Forget You.”

In 2001 Cee Lo received five Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit “Forget You,” winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance.” The single is certified Gold. Last fall he released a Christmas album, and will soon be releasing another album, Everybody’s Brother. He’s made countless appearances on national shows and events, including Saturday Night Live and Oprah (2011), and presented at the ESPYs (2011) and Kids’ Choice Awards (2012). Cee Lo landed on the cover of Fast Company in 2012 representing the “Most Creative People in Business” issue.

Cee Lo joined Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton as mentors/judges on The Voice, and has made TV guest appearances on Parenthood and American Dad (2011), and How To Rock (2012). He is also the voice of “Murray the Mummy” in the Sony animated film Hotel Transylvania. He will also star in Can a Song Save Your Life? in 2013.

Las Vegas is his home at the time, as he is appearing in “CeeLo Green is Loberace” at Planet Hollywood from Feb. 27 – the end of March. He is taking his audience on a ride through the colorful decades of music, stopping at legendary moments in time.

He was appointed Chief Creative Officer of Primary Wave Music in 2010, which is one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing and talent management companies in the US. CeeLo is co-owner in Ty Ku, a premium Sake brand, and the voice behind the NFLs new Thursday Night Football theme song. For further information, visit www.CeeLoGreen.com.

Tickets the Carrie Underwood concert on Friday, Sept. 13 are also going on sale the same day as the CeeLo Green concert tickets. More acts will be announced in the coming months for the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit www.thefair.com/concerts for updates, or sign up at www.thefair.com to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
It’s been a short time since Carrie Underwood first performed on the American Idol stage, yet so much has happened since that date in 2005. She has become a country music superstar singer/songwriter with hit songs, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” “Before He Cheats,” “So Small,” “Just a Dream,” “Cowboy Casanova,” and “Blown Away.”

Carrie Underwood will perform on Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Concert Series, Presented by Columbia Bank. Tickets are $95, $85, $65, $45 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission, unless noted. Tickets are available starting on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair Box Office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carrie became America’s sweetheart in 2005 when she won the fourth season of American Idol, a vehicle that transformed her from a shy Oklahoma girl with a great voice to a budding superstar. Since then she’s become the popular franchise’s most successful alumni.

Fueled by a restless creative spirit, good-natured competitive streak and abundance of God-given talent, she has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, has 16 #1 singles with seven as co-writes; been awarded six Grammy Awards, and countless other accolades. All of this is based on producing four albums in less than eight years.

Carrie’s 2005 debut Some Hearts topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart for 27 weeks, sold over 7 million copies, and was voted #1 Country Album of the Decade by Billboard. Both her 2007 sophomore album, Carnival Ride and 2009’s Play On debuted at No. 1. Her current album, Blown Away, debuted atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

After wrapping her “Carnival Ride Tour” in 2008, she became the top selling country female touring artist of the year selling out many of the 137 shows before 1.2 million fans. In that year, Carrie also became the most-heard artist at country radio and was named the #1 Hot Country Songs Artist by Billboard and #1 Top Country Artist by Radio & Records. Her “Play On Tour” in 2010 played 108 shows with one million fans attending which resulted in Carrie being named again as the top-ranked female country touring artist of the year. Her “Blown Away Tour” kicked off in 2012.

She’s won numerous awards including three female vocalist awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). In 2010, when Carrie garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist to win the award twice, and only the 7th female to take the award in the 40-year history of the ACM category. She also received the ACM Triple Crown Award, thanks to her past wins for the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist, which has been won by only one other female artist – Barbara Mandrell in 2004.

Carrie has also won seven American Music Awards, six People’s Choice Awards, nine CMT Music Awards and American Country Awards each, and seven BMI Songwriter Awards. For further information, visit: www.CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com.

Tickets the Cee Lo Green concert on Thursday, Sept. 12 are also going on sale the same day as the Carrie Underwood concert tickets. More acts will be announced in the coming months for the Washington State Fair’s 2013 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit www.thefair.com/concerts for updates, or sign up at www.thefair.com to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.

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