TV ONE'S "UNSUNG" PREMIERES A NEW LINE-UP OF HITMAKERS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 AT 8 P.M. ET
Episode Line-Up Includes KC and The Sunshine Band, Kashif, Chantè Moore, Lakeside, H-Town, Jennifer Holliday and Nate Dogg
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Sept. 23, 2015 - TV One's award-winning series Unsung returns Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET featuring a new line-up of incredible talents whose full stories and journeys have yet to be told. 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. These poignant stories offer insight into the trials and triumphs faced in both private and public forums. Viewers will be taken back to the disco era with KC and The Sunshine Band and Lakeside; and to the height of R&B with the soulful and gifted vocalists' Kashif, Chantè Moore, H-Town, Jennifer Holliday and Nate Dogg.
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND
Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET
Through the disco era and beyond, KC and The Sunshine Band forged a sound of funk-filled happiness led by Harry Wayne Casey, a white singer/songwriter, who grew up in south Florida entranced by the sound of R&B. The band's classic songs topped charts around the world. However, with the demise of disco, their sound fell into the backdrop of an ever-evolving industry. The tragic deaths of several original members further aided the group's fate.
Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET
From growing up an orphan in New York City and shuttled through a total of eight different foster homes to a rising star in Hollywood, Kashif's life has mirrored that of a phoenix rising from the ashes. One of the industry's best kept secrets, Kashif is ready to return to the spotlight and share his story in this revealing episode of Unsung.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Chantè Moore made a name for herself first singing back-up for Toni Braxton. With her sultry looks and powerhouse voice, she soon became a household name with hits such as "Chante's Got a Man" and "Love's Taken Over." Chanté has since expanded her career by joining the reality series R&B Divas LA, along with Michel'le, Lil' Mo, Leela James, Brave Williams and Stacey Francis. In this tell-all episode, Chantè opens up about her career, recent divorce and more.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET
A mixture of crisp musicians and sleek vocalists forged in the land of funk - Dayton, Ohio - Lakeside's nine members gave show-stopping performances that became legendary and created radio classics such as "It's All the Way Live" and "Fantastic Voyage". But changing record labels, group in-fighting, and shifts in pop culture ultimately tore the band apart. On this episode of Unsung, the group's original members reunite to sew together Lakeside's long and winding tale.
Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET
H-Town exploded on to the R&B scene in 1993 with their No. 1 song "Knockin Da Boots." The platinum-selling single from their debut album "Fever for Da Flavor"put both the group and their hometown of Houston on center stage. On the cusp of a comeback in 2003, H-Town was devastated when lead singer Dino was killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Remaining members Shazam and G.I. continue to keep the group and Dino's legacy alive.
Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET
Jennifer Holliday has a voice unlike any other. The original "Dreamgirl," she rose to instant fame at the age of 21 after her unforgettable performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the 1981 Broadway production of "Dreamgirls." However, she fell into a state of depression due to personal struggles and the release of the 2006 "Dreamgirls" film without her participation. Following her recovery and return to performing, Jennifer Holliday gives a rare look into her past, her struggles with weight, depression and MS, and her hopes for a career she feels has yet to fully blossom.
Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Since crashing the pop and hip hop charts in the early 1990s with Death Row Records, Nate Dogg became the "go to" R&B singer with a soulful hook. The sonic and spiritual leader behind the G-funk movement, he was a leader in this musical genre which combined soulful harmonies and gangsta rap. Ultimately, ill health and a series of strokes brought his life to a sad, tragic end.
Unsung is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Mark Rowland is co-executive producer. Lamar Chase is producer; Jubba Seyyid is executive-in-charge of production; Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production; and D'Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production for TV One.
About A. Smith & Co. Productions
Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,000 hours of award-winning programming - with budgets totaling over one billion dollars across more than 45 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include "Hell's Kitchen," "American Ninja Warrior," "Spartan Race," "Ellen's Design Challenge," "Unsung," and "The Dunk King." Past hits include "Kitchen Nightmares," "Wizard Wars," "Full Throttle Saloon," "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," "UFC Countdown," "Joe Rogan Questions Everything," "Paradise Hotel," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "The Swan," "Trading Spaces," "Pros vs. Joes," "Skating with Celebrities," and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.