BY MELISSA RUGGIERI
Last month, CeeLo Green brought us “Heart Blanche,” his first new album of original material in five years.
Later this month, the Atlanta native will perform for a hometown crowd with a halftime and post-game show at the Dec. 26 Atlanta Hawks game.
"I am true to Atlanta. It's my home," CeeLo said in a statement. "As a proud ATLien, I'm honored to join the Hawks on Dec. 26 to perform my new and classic music for the home crowd and players. [We’ll] celebrate another great game and season for our team! Let's go Hawks!"
The former coach on “The Voice” is expected to perform hits from his solo career and his days with Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob.
A special retail pack will be available at Philips Arena’s Hawks Shop, containing a limited edition shirt and Green’s latest album.
The Hawks will give back to Green with a donation to his Atlanta-based Greenhouse Foundation, which he and his sister Shedonna Alexander founded as a tribute to
their grandmother, Ruby Callaway Robinson, executive director of CASCADE, and their late mother, Sheila J. Callaway, one of the first African-American female firefighters in the city of Atlanta.
The Hawks will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26 against the New York Knicks.
Green is the latest in a series of musical guests at Hawks games, joining a list that has included Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan and Big Boi.