CeeLo Green Lands Mothership: New Joint Venture With Sony Music

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CeeLo Green performs onstage at the 21st annual Race to Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 2, 2014 in Century City, California.  

Artist will discover, sign and develop R&B/soul talent

CeeLo Green has entered into a label joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. Green’s Mothership Entertainment Group will focus on discovering, signing and developing R&B/soul artists for the global music company. Under terms of the joint venture, fully funded by Sony Music, Green will open recording studios in both Atlanta and Las Vegas, where he will work directly with the new artists that he signs. In addition, Mothership will be able to sign any of these artists to any of the labels under the Sony Music umbrella.

In a press release announcing the joint venture, Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris said, “CeeLo Green is a tremendously successful songwriter, producer and artist who has proven himself to be a gifted and versatile talent. We look forward to developing great new artists and music through our new relationship.”

Dubbing himself “Soul Machine” in the same release, Green noted that label name Mothership was chosen in honor of his mother and grandmother. Both women, he added, left him “an inheritance of emotion, instinct, inner vision and industry. I am honored to stand beside, and in extension of Sony, with a keen sense of appreciation for this opportunity.”

Green’s career includes being a member of Goodie Mob and later of Gnarls Barkley with Danger Mouse. A Grammy winner for hit singles “Fool For You” featuring Melanie Fiona and “F**k You,” Green released his latest solo album, Heart Blanche, on Nov. 6.