UnSung

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  • TV-PG
  • 2008
  • 17 Seasons
  • 8.7  (318)

This docuseries takes a close look at the careers of R&B pioneers, many of whom, despite being the inspiration for many pop stars, are virtually unknown to mainstream audiences. Each episode traces the career path of an individual artist or group. Each episode usually begins with an artist's upbringing and family, painting a picture of the issues driving them in their music career. Themes of "escaping the hard life of the streets" and "experiencing physical abuse", as well as "signs of musical genius", can be found in many of the lives of Unsung's subjects. Those interviewed in this segment of the show typically are relatives and friends, although some celebrities may be interviewed depending on their relation to the artist. The story then progresses into the trials and triumphs of the artist's early days in the music business, as the artist chases their "big break" which propels them into the limelight on the way to stardom. Fellow artists, music producers, and managers of that time pepper this section of the show with anecdotes of the artist's musical prowess and potential, and possible hints to any problems or issues the artists may have faced in their personal life or in the music business.

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The Jones Girls
9. The Jones Girls
May 23, 2021
The Jones Girls, a trio of sisters with some of the silkiest harmonies in the history of soul; Shirley Jones opens up about the journey she shared with her sisters in their rise to soul fame and how she is still carrying on the legacy today.
Lyfe Jennings
8. Lyfe Jennings
May 9, 2021
Struggles have kept some black music artists from achieving the commercial success they deserved.
Bobby Valentino
7. Bobby Valentino
May 2, 2021
Summary is not available.
Syleena Johnson
6. Syleena Johnson
April 25, 2021
Syleena Johnson is a singer and storyteller who started young and is still going strong.
Mystikal
5. Mystikal
April 18, 2021
Known as the "James Brown of Rap," Mystikal helped put New Orleans rap on the map.
Keith Washington
4. Keith Washington
April 11, 2021
Singer Keith Washington burst onto the '90s R&B scene with a sensual, smooth style that was undeniable.
Hezekiah Walker
3. Hezekiah Walker
April 4, 2021
Hezekiah Walker is a singer and pastor whose ministry has pushed the boundaries of traditional church and worship.
Leela James
2. Leela James
March 28, 2021
Leela James is a powerhouse singer-songwriter with a mission to bring the soul back into R&B music; in this episode, Leela opens up about her long journey to the top, the challenges along the way and her joy of juggling motherhood and music today.
Morris Day
1. Morris Day
March 21, 2021
Struggles have kept some black music artists from achieving the commercial success they deserved.
Music & The Movement - Part 1
100. Music & The Movement - Part 1
January 18, 2021
Summary not available
Music & The Movement - Part 2
101. Music & The Movement - Part 2
January 18, 2021
Summary not available
Description

This docuseries takes a close look at the careers of R&B pioneers, many of whom, despite being the inspiration for many pop stars, are virtually unknown to mainstream audiences. Each episode traces the career path of an individual artist or group.

Each episode usually begins with an artist's upbringing and family, painting a picture of the issues driving them in their music career. Themes of "escaping the hard life of the streets" and "experiencing physical abuse", as well as "signs of musical genius", can be found in many of the lives of Unsung's subjects. Those interviewed in this segment of the show typically are relatives and friends, although some celebrities may be interviewed depending on their relation to the artist.

The story then progresses into the trials and triumphs of the artist's early days in the music business, as the artist chases their "big break" which propels them into the limelight on the way to stardom. Fellow artists, music producers, and managers of that time pepper this section of the show with anecdotes of the artist's musical prowess and potential, and possible hints to any problems or issues the artists may have faced in their personal life or in the music business.UnSung is a series that is currently running and has 17 seasons (171 episodes). The series first aired on November 27, 2008.

Where to Watch UnSung

UnSung is available for streaming on the TV One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch UnSung on demand at Philo.

  • Premiere Date
    November 27, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (318)