Beginning this summer just in time for Black Music Month, TV One (Lifestyle and Entertainment Television) will premiere new episodes of it’s popular UnSung series.
Jody Watley, former member of Shalamar, briefly spoke on the episode via Twitter “wondering how much of my candor will make it into ‘Shalamar’ Unsung, airing this summer on TV-One and thinking of Tina Turner :) Anna Mae!“
Upcoming episodes will feature Unsung Bands such as Roger Troutman & Zapp and Charlie Wilson & the Gap Band. Others will include Melba Moore, Minnie Ripperton, The Ojays, Bobby Womack, and Florence Ballard, former member of the Supremes.
UnSung shows that the true story of Black music in America runs much deeper than the acknowledged superstars. Many of R&B and gospel’s greatest musical pioneers have remained unsung in one way or another. Where are the ‘hall of fame’ achievement awards for late great Donny Hathaway – who influenced a generation of today’s male singers? What about the accolades for pioneering family group Debarge who merged Jackson 5-like teen idol presentation with romantic writing and production, creating music that has been unexpectedly sampled by many of hip-hop’s biggest stars?
Though many of these artists managed to build a dedicated Black fanbase, they were not able to make the transition to superstardom. Why did these artists remain mostly “unsung” to the world at large?
This new and exciting season will reveal the business and personal struggles that kept these artists from achieving the iconic commercial status they deserved. Don’t miss Unsung only on TV One.