Premiere: Sunday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/8C
*As the “Prince of Sophisticated Soul,” Will Downing is in the midst of a remarkable 30-year career that includes twenty solo albums, with chart topping singles in Dance, R&B, and Jazz.
However, his road to success was long and winding, as he struggled to grow his reputation abroad despite slight recognition at home.
At the height of his career, a paralyzing bout with an auto-immune disease threatened his life. Now Will Downing reveals to Unsung the hard earned achievements – and costs – of a soul survivor.
TV One’s longest-running and five-time NAACP Image Award winning series, Unsung, launched its thirteenth season on Sunday, May 20, kicking off with the story of the iconic musical group Mtume. The remainder of the season promises to be equally unforgettable, featuring stories from other influential musicians including hip-hop artists Special Ed and Digable Planets, songstresses Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Regina Belle, 702 and Michel’le, blues pioneer B.B. King, and R&B crooner Will Downing. Unsung will delve into the lives of trailblazing music artists whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored.
Throughout the season, Unsung celebrates the lives and careers of artists or groups who have overcome great odds in their journey to stardom, yet their stories have yet to be fully explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight. Unsung is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland is Executive Producer. For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production and Sr. Director of Programming; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Interim Head of Original Programming and Production.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #UNSUNG and #REPRESENT.
FOR TV ONE: