R&B singers Kelly Rowland and Kelly Price have joined BET’s upcoming drama series American Soul.
Price is joining as a series regular while Rowland will be portraying singer Gladys Knight in a multi-episode arc.
Led by Sinqua Walls as Don Cornelius, the ensemble cast also includes Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston.
American Soul, inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius, offers a 10-episode dramatic and unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in a cutthroat Hollywood in the 1970s and how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of the show most responsible for the way the world perceived African-American culture. Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince and Devon Greggory executive produce. Don’s son, Tony Cornelius, will co-executive produce alongside Andy Horne. Greggory will pen the pilot, and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce.
Price’s character will be Brianne Clarke, the extremely wise. yet cautious head of the Clarke household. Brianne’s children, Simone (Nichol) and Kendall (Winston), are rising stars in Los Angeles, but she is wary of what a life as entertainers could bring them.
As one of the first performers young Don Cornelius books for Soul Train, Gladys Knight proves instrumental in the national syndicated launch of Soul Train. Don impresses Gladys with his groundbreaking vision, and turns a would-be business transaction into a true friendship. Rowland will record an original version of “Midnight Train to Georgia” for the series.
The series is expected to hit TV screens in 2019. Production is underway in Atlanta.