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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 r group.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on TV One
14 Seasons, 143 Episodes
November 27, 2008
Music, Talk & Interview
8.7/10
Cast: Gary Anthony Williams
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UnSung Full Episode Guide

  • Mentored by Dr. Dre, R&B singer Michel'le takes the music scene by storm with her debut album; however, her mentorship and romantic attachments prove costly; after years of silence, Michel'le opens up about life as a survivor of domestic violence.

  • Singer Will Downing's 30-year career includes chart-topping singles; at the height of his career, a paralyzing bout with an autoimmune disease threatens his life; now, Downing reveals the hard-earned achievements and costs of a "soul" survivor.

  • In 1988, R&B singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley makes her mark with "Thanks for My Child," a tribute to single mothers, then her willingness to address provocative subjects helps derail her career.

  • Biography of BB King, the man who brought the blues out of the delta and into the mainstream, along with his guitar, "Lucille".

  • Regina Belle brought the voice of an angel and the down home spirit of a Jersey Girl to score hit after in the 1990s, including her duet with Peabo Bryson on ‘A Whole New World.’ But her faith and fortitude were tested by a battle with brain cancer.

  • The group Mtume combines jazz, funk and R&B to produce top-10 hits such as "Juicy Fruit," "You, Me and He" and "Breathless;" with the pressure to crossover, the group struggles to stay on top and disbands in the mid 1980s.

  • Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is spotlighted.

  • R&R singer Deborah Cox is spotlighted.

  • R&B group The Boys are spotlighted.

  • In this season premiere, R&B group Silk are spotlighted.

  • With a no nonsense style and larger than life persona, Ice-T has lived nine lives: pimp, bank robber, DJ, army officer, con man and even award winning actor and producer.

  • Shanice exploded on the worldwide stage in the early 90's with the four simple words "I Love Your Smile.''

  • Soul group The Dramatics are profiled.

  • R&B and funk band Switch are profiled.

  • Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is profiled.

  • R&B group Jagged Edge are profiled.

  • Wyclef Jean is profiled.