I’ve had many opportunities to interview and interact with celebrities, world leaders and award winners. Tone and conversation style is drastically different though when writing a story versus telling their story through conversation. After confirming CeeLo Green as a guest, my energy for my radio show had gone into overdrive. Because all I wanted to do was shout, “Hey, I’m talking with CeeLo Green! Not about music or “The Voice” but about good stuff. About giving, teaching, and leading the next generation.” All the stuff that is truly important to me too. Because I know (as well as many of you do too) that to break through the digital clutter that there must be a connective voice to tell the story. CeeLo Green is that famous voice to tell why it is incredibly important to give back to the community. GreenHouse foundation educates Atlanta school-age children to become environmental stewards – eat better, grow fresh food, be better to the world we all live and share.
As I prepared the questions, I wanted to get to that emotional nugget (as my radio mentor says to me). I wanted CeeLo and his sister, Shedonna Alexander, to connect listeners to why it mattered to them to start this foundation. Have to admit that I couldn’t eat a thing before the 3:30 p.m. recorded interview because too much was at stake and I couldn’t screw it up. But as they sat in front of the microphones and we started talking on-air, something morphed in me and I knew that their story would engage and connect. Maybe it was the funny McDonald’s story they shared about growing up and sharing happy meals or perhaps it was their emotional genuineness or just maybe it was their plain honesty. It was all there in their story. CeeLo Green is super chill, relaxed and a friendly guy but at the end of the day, he and his sister passionately believe in giving back and that’s worth every second in listening and connecting