TV One Announces Exciting Season 10 Line-up of Signature Series ‘Unsung’ Premiering Jan. 4 (Teaser)

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This New Year, TV One’s longest-running and award-winning series, “Unsung,” will launch its 10th season with an exciting new line-up of the music and stories behind an influential collection of talented Soul, Hip Hop and R&B artists, beginning with those dynamic Sisters With Voices, better known as SWV on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Additionally, episodes profiling Fat Joe, Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister, After 7 and James Brown are slated to highlight each performer’s rise to stardom while providing a glimpse into the lesser-known challenges they endured behind the spotlight.

“’Unsung’s’ in-depth first-person interviews, the participation of family and friends, the attention to detail invested into sharing each artist’s story and, of course, the music are the staples that have made this series ‘Must-See TV,’” says TV One President Brad Siegel. “We have a loyal viewing audience who can attest to the fact that once you watch five minutes, you’ll hear something about your favorite artist you didn’t know before and then you’re hooked! There is the reason that after 129 episodes and nine seasons Unsung is still TV One’s most anticipated series.”

“Unsung” is No. 1 on cable in its time slot among Blacks (P25-54, W25-54, P18-19 and W18-49) and a Top 10 program in primetime on cable among Black women (W25-54 and W18-49). Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode of TV One’s signature series weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight. The poignant stories of “Unsung” offer insight into the trials and triumphs faced in both private and public forums.

TV One’s upcoming new episodes of “Unsung’s” significant 10th season, are outlined below, followed by a promo.



SWV
Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET
Mixing celestial gospel harmonies with street swagger, SWV brought an edgy sound to female R&B groups that helped define the ‘90s decade. But internal conflicts split the trio apart in just five short years, leaving wounds that linger to this day. Insights from family and friends are provided by Eddie George, Kelly Rowland, and Bell Biv Devoe.

FAT JOE
Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET
Born and raised in the Bronx, Fat Joe took a journey from street gangster to music mogul, and helped put Latino rappers on the map. But personal beefs, legal troubles and personal tragedies often imperiled his career. 50 Cent, Remy Ma, Swizz Beats, Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, and DJ Khaled help tell the tale.

JON B.
Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Jon B. broke barriers with his own kind of Blue Eyed Soul in the heyday of ‘90s R&B. But clashes with his record label and turmoil in a rocky marriage would put him out of the spotlight for years. The episode includes commentary by Tracey Edmonds, Babyface, Nautica de la Cruz, Tammi Mac and Warryn Campbell.

LENNY WILLIAMS
Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
Lenny Williams went from promising Oakland preacher to national R&B star in the ‘70s, making his mark on songs like ‘What is Hip” with Tower of Power, and scaling the charts on his own. But when the hits stopped coming, he struggled to find his way. Insights from family and friends are provided by MC Hammer, David E. Talbert, Lionel Bea, and Leunell.

CASE
Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ET
With hit singles “Happily Ever After” and “Missing You”; Case’s music set the soundtrack for a love that was meant to last. But the comforts of love he celebrated in song didn’t match the reality of his personal life. Ginuwine, Marcus Chapman, Eddie F., Nokio and Rodney Perry provide reflections.

DAVE HOLLISTER
Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET
After making his recording debut with Blackstreet, Dave Hollister became a solo star with hits like “My Favorite Girl” and “One Woman Man”. But he was secretly living a tormented life, battling addictions to drugs and women that unsettled his career, and his life. The episode includes commentary by Tank, Teddy Riley, Chopmaster J, Money B, Tim Kelly, and Al B. Sure.

AFTER 7
Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET
A singing trio composed of brothers Kevon and Melvin Edmonds, along with friend Kevin Mitchell, and with the help of Kevin and Melvin’s brother and producer, Babyface, After 7 came out of nowhere to rule the charts with a smash debut album. But professional conflicts and personal disputes shortened their reign. Insights are provided by Babyface, Steven Russell Harts, Allen McNeil, and Steve Ivory.

TRIBUTE TO JAMES BROWN
Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. ET
One of the greatest artists in the history of popular music, James Brown all but invented funk. During this special episode, band members, friends, and stars of R&B and Hip-Hop trace the career, and celebrate the legacy, of the man they call the Godfather. Reflections for family and friends are provided by Chadwick Boseman, Money B, Full Force, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Mary Wilson, Kwame, Marcus Chapman, Steve Ivory and Rickey Vincent.

Unsung is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production and Sr. Director of Programming; Robyn Arrington Greene is Vice President, Original Programming and Production; and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.

Here’s a promo for the upcoming new season:



15 Comments

  1. Kind of wish TVONE could create a music series were they can highlight artists on unsung, who weren’t necessarily “unsung.” For example, James Brown, Eartha Kitt, Rick James, Otis Redding, etc. I know James Brown’s episode is considered a tribute, but it’s still featured on the UnSung program…

  2. I’ve just been discovering some of the Black songwriters who wrote songs during the Rock n Roll era of the 50s and 60s (writing songs that were made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley) and it’s a shame that their stories continue to languish in obscurity.
    I had hoped that Unsung would have done episodes on them but they just don’t seem that interested.

  3. James ain’t Unsung. Do a special if you will but Unsung and James should not be in the same sentence!

    • I agree. I was wondering why he made the UNSUNG program. However, they are saying it’s a TRIBUTE. I say do a different program and call it a TRIBUTE. Also waiting for the UNSUNG of Stephanie Mills

  4. I want to see Unsung do episode’s of Guy, Jade, and Tevin Campbell Please work on that for season 11
    Thanks
    KRP

  5. I know Jodeci is not Unsung but I would love to see an episode on them just to get some background info on them I luv the group especially K.C

  6. I’m all for highlighting those who were big in the 90s but everyone is not unsung! Tevin Campbell deserves an unsung episode! But you choose fat Joe?! I’ve watched every episode every season, but I’m kind of disappointed in this season

  7. Tevin Campbell and Stephanie Mills, definitely. (Have they done Peabo Bryson?) This may be too Old Skool, but I would love to see a show on my favorite vocal group from the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Friends of Distinction (Floyd Butler, Harry Elston, Jessica Cleaves, Barbara Love, and Charlene Gibson), one of the most talented and soulful but shamefully under-recognized vocal groups of all time. They were often overshadowed by the more pop-oriented the Fifth Dimension. Their timeless classics, such as “Going in Circles”, “Grazin’ in the Grass”, “I Really Hope You Do”, and “Love or Let Me Be Lonely” still sound great today.

  8. Would like to see the band SLAVE ,
    THE STYLISTICS and MFSB / TSOP.
    Shown on the program.
    Thank you.

  9. Please do an Unsung on Randy Crawford. Her song “Street Life” is a timeless classic. It especially reminds me of life in NYC in the summertime.

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