*The DeBarge family is synonymous with Rhythm and Blues music. In the late 1970s, the eldest brother of the ten DeBarge children, Bobby, led vocals for the group Switch, known for hits such as “There’ll Never Be,” “I Call Your Name,” and “Love Over & Over Again.” Bobby DeBarge became widely known for his falsetto voice and musical gift.
Despite his success in music, Bobby struggled with fame resulting in drug abuse, incarceration and failing health. His tragic story is documented in the “The Bobby DeBarge Story,” which will debut on TV One tonight, Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET/7C.
The biopic explores the highs and lows of the singer’s life including his rise to stardom, childhood trauma and romantic relationships.
It stars Roshon Fegan (Shake it Up, Greenleaf) in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge, Tyra Ferrell (Boys In The Hood, White Men Can’t Jump) as Etterlene DeBarge, and Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge. Big Boi (Outkast) portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.
Produced by Swirl Films, the film is directed by nationally-syndicated radio host Russ Parr.
“It was truly amazing watching the characters unfold in front of my eyes and the incredible acting that was bestowed upon this project,” said Parr. “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the performances that they see.”
TV One hosted a star-studded red-carpet premiere of “The Bobby DeBarge Story” on Wednesday, June 26 in Los Angeles, where EURweb associate Anasia Obioha caught up with members of the cast and celebrity guests including Actress A.J. Johnson, Gospel Performer Deitrick Haddon, Actor Obba Babatundé and Talk Show Host Jasmine Sanders among others.
An additional encore for The Bobby DeBarge Story is scheduled to air on Sunday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8C and 11 P.M. ET/10C.