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Birth nameCedric Renard Hailey
Also known as
  • Little Cedric
  • K-Ci
Born (1969-09-02) September 2, 1969 (age 52)
Monroe, North Carolina
OriginMonroe, North Carolina
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1983–present

Cedric Renard Hailey (born September 2, 1969), known professionally as K-Ci (formerly Little Cedric as a member of Little Cedric and the Hailey Singers), is an American singer, songwriter and member of K-Ci & JoJo and Jodeci.

Although Hailey is best known as the lead singer of Jodeci and second-lead singer of K-Ci & JoJo, he participated on different solo projects as K-Ci, most notably his cover of Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" in 1994.

Early life[edit]

Hailey was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Anita and Cliff Hailey[1] both of whom were gospel singers. For a time, the Hailey family lived in Baltimore, MD where they performed gospel music. The family would later return to Charlotte when Cedric was a teen. He would eventually go on to attend Garinger High School.

Music career[edit]

Along with younger brother, Joel (known professionally as "JoJo") and his father, Hailey recorded three gospel albums as "Little Cedric and the Hailey Singers"[2] beginning with the 1983 release I'm Alright Now by Atlanta International Records, Gospel.[3] Though the album failed to place on any Billboard magazine charts,[4] the next two releases, 1984's Jesus Saves and God's Blessing in 1985,[3][4] both placed upon the Billboard Gospel Albums chart; the former at No. 4 and the latter at No. 22.[4]

Cedric and Joel's gospel singing eventually connected them with the DeGrate brothers, Donald "DeVante Swing" DeGrate and Dalvin DeGrate, with whom they formed the R&B group Jodeci. As lead vocalist for the group, Hailey and Jodeci would release three multi-platinum albums between 1991 and 1995. In 1996, the group announced a hiatus from recording and releasing music. Hailey continued to record with his brother as the duo K-Ci & JoJo, releasing five albums between 1997 and 2013.

As K-Ci, his cover of Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" was featured on the soundtrack to the 1994 film, Jason's Lyric. It was released as a single and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Indecent exposure allegation[edit]

In March 2001, Hailey was charged with several charges of indecent exposure, due to him allegedly flashing and fondling his genitals while performing at a holiday concert at the Shrine Auditorium.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Hailey dated fellow R&B singer and then label-mate Mary J. Blige from 1992 to 1997. Blige stated that they were engaged, but Hailey denied that they were going to get married.[7][8]

The two Hailey brothers are cousins of R&B singers Fantasia Barrino, Dave Hollister, Calvin Richardson, and Stephanie Mills.[9]

He is married to the former Cassandra Chestnut of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


with Jodeci
with K-Ci & JoJo
Solo album


  1. ^ Billboard (April 7, 2003). "K-Ci, JoJo Free After Tax Evasion Arrest". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Bil (2005). "Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia": 253. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b AllMusic. "Little Cedric : Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Billboard. "Little Cedric : Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "CI YOU IN COURT!". Nme.com. March 15, 2001. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  6. ^ "K-Ci Sentenced To Two Years Probation". Billboard.com. July 3, 2001. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (January 31, 2002). "'My boyfriend was trying to kill me. There were weapons'". The Guardian. Retrieved June 25, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ MaGee, Ny (July 16, 2019). "K-Ci Recalls Why He Called It Quits On Relationship with Mary J Blige". EURweb.com. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  9. ^ "Stephanie Mills Opens Up About Who She's Related To". Yourblackworld.net. May 18, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2021.