*(SILVER SPRING, MD) – TV One wraps the season for two of its popular fan-favorite series, TONIGHT. UNSUNG closes the season with Grammy Award-Winning gospel artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard at 9 p.m. ET/8C, followed by the season finale of UNCENSORED with the gospel hit-maker Kirk Franklin at 10 p.m. ET/9C.
Young, fresh and innovative, gospel phenom Tasha Cobbs Leonard burst onto the national music scene in 2013 with her breakout album Grace. Her hybrid sound of R&B and hip-hop infused gospel brought her crossover success, allowing her to reach beyond traditional contemporary Christian audiences which earned her the nickname “The Worship Bridge.” Despite breathing new life into a genre dominated by older, conservative artists, Cobbs Leonard’s success proved controversial. Her collaborations with secular artists and inclusive ministry garnered criticism and backlash from those within the religious community. In spite of those challenges, her message of deliverance and hope – inspired by her struggles with depression – continues to uplift millions. This Easter, the season of UNSUNG concludes with Tasha Cobb Leonard’s journey from small town preacher’s kid to international music minister.
This season of UNSUNG captured memorable stories from influential artists including Lloyd, Adina Howard, The Jets, Shirley Murdock, Crystal Waters, Glenn Jones and Kenny Lattimore.
Fans can get more exclusive footage and raw, unplugged live performances from artists such as Lloyd, Adina Howard and Kenny Lattimore by visiting tvone.tv. UNSUNG Live, our musical performance series, highlights artists from our signature franchise UNSUNG as they get back on stage and sing their classic hits. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in Kenny LatiMORE To Love Contest which ends on Sunday, April 28. Share your UNSUNG Love Story for the chance to have R&B crooner Kenny Latimore perform one song on your special day. For more information please view below and for your chance to win visit www.tvone.tv/love.
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, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
Kirk Franklin was born and raised by his aunt Gertrude in Fort Worth, Texas after being abandoned by his parents. He discovered his love for music through the church and took piano lessons under his aunt’s guidance. Franklin experienced his first taste of success with his choir that he composed and aptly named, The Family. The opportunity to work with the up-and-coming group God’s Property further propelled his career with the release of the Jimmy Iovine inspired remix to “Stomp.” Always true to his testimony, Franklin received severe backlash for publicly revealing his pornography addiction. With the faith and support of his family, he remains true to his spiritual journey while inspiring others through his music and testimony.
This final episode wraps up the mid-series cycle of the popular show UNCENSORED until its return in the Fall of 2019. UNCENSORED gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words. Viewers can expect more candid and unforgettable celebrity revelations in the show’s upcoming third season. Previously featured artists on this season of UNCENSORED include Fantasia, Tami Roman, DL Hughley, Jermaine Dupri, Tasha Smith, Naturi Naughton and NE-YO.
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