With more than 40 albums, 11 Grammys and 14 Stellar Awards, Shirley Caesar is the reigning Queen of Gospel Music. TV One’s signature, award-winning music biography series “Unsung” sits down with the vocal phenomenon on Sunday, March 25 at 9/8C. In this personal profile, she shares the triumphs and challenges of a life dedicated to spreading the good news.
Beginning her career at 12-years-old, Shirley Caesar’s teenage talent earned her a spot in the popular all-female gospel group The Caravans, where she became a standout star. In the early 1970s, she won her first Grammy Award for a dynamic cover of “Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man from Galilee,” and the hits continued with songs like “No Charge,” “Hold My Mule,” and “I Remember Mama.” Despite her success, Shirley always knew her life was meant for more than music, and in the late ’80s, she’d taken on a second career as a pastor, preaching around the world and starting her own church in Raleigh, North Carolina. With a career now spanning more than seven decades, Shirley Caesar has become a living legend of gospel music.
Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode of TV One’s signature series “Unsung” sheds much-deserved light on some of the most influential and talented R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, and gospel artists of the last 30 years. In its second week of premiere, “Unsung” delivered a combined reach of 1.4 million total unique viewers with “Uncensored.” In upcoming episodes featuring Avant, Brand Nubian, and Lost Boyz, season 12 of TV One’s critically acclaimed and award-winning “Unsung” uncovers the personal triumphs and struggles of these musical legends.
Rebel-child-turned-church-leader, Le’Andria Johnsonelevated her stature as a gospel music singer to a key figure in the Christian community. TV One’s “Uncensored,” a hit new autobiography series that features the first-person accounts of today’s hottest celebrities, sits down with Le’Andria on Sunday, March 25 at 10/9C. Her faithful conviction paved the way for music success, a new depth of womanhood, and an inspired pathway to redemption.
Raised in the church, she began singing as a child, overcoming hardship and conflict on the way to stardom as a young talent. The rebel child in her made Le’Andria the self-professed “bad girl of gospel music” — a kind of reckoning toward her faithful conviction to deliver the truth. By taking her church message to the streets and performing passionately in conservative churches, she is living her divine destiny. With awards, accolades, and recognition, Le’Andria Johnson has yet to settle for less as a Christian leader.
In its first season, “Uncensored” dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers. In its second week, “Uncensored” with Tamar Braxton was the #1 telecast on ad-supported cable at 10 p.m. ET among African-Americans P25-54, experiencing growth over last week’s debut among Total P25-54 (+12%) and W25-54 (+5%). The 10-episode autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to stars of film, television, music, and pop culture, with upcoming episodes featuring La La Anthony, Snoop Dogg and NeNe Leakes as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words, in the places their stories unfolded.