Usher is executive producing a new drama series on jazz set in New Orleans.
As Variety reports, Grammy-Award-winning R&B superstar has signed up to executive produce Storyville, a series that chronicles the birth of the Jazz Age. The new series is currently in development from Starlings Television.
Set in New Orleans, Storyville chronicles the tale of five brothel madams as they are engaged in a fight to control the red light district. Usher will produce alongside Bill Macdonald and Walt Becker, who serve as both the creators and showrunners of Storyville.
“Storyville is an epic tale sparked by the origins of the sound that inspired my career – a story that touches the nerve of social and cultural relevance today,” Usher said in a statement.
While Usher is no stranger to television, having appeared in shows such as Moesha and as a judge on The Voice, Storyville will mark his first time executive producing a television series.
Storyville will also be executive produced by Starlings TV President/EP Chris Philip and CEO Karine Martin.
“Usher’s massive global appeal, musical and acting genius will propel this unique and compelling original series into must-see viewing worldwide,” Philip said. “His invaluable creative and musical contributions to Storyville fulfill our vision of contrasting the gritty, sometimes brutal sides of New Orleans life with it giving birth to a beautiful, diverse and defining new artform.”