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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 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.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on TV One
17 Seasons, 162 Episodes
November 27, 2008
Music Talk & Interview
8.7/10
Cast: Gary Anthony Williams
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UnSung Full Episode Guide

  • CeeLo thought everything was good when he decided to leave Goodie Mob to go solo, but that wasn’t the case. Here’s what other group members had to say.

  • With the classic 'Me and Mrs. Jones,' Billy Paul's mix of jazz and R&B helped define the emerging Philadelphia sound; but substance abuse and political controversy threatened to derail his career.

  • With her 1983 breakthrough hit "Let The Music Play," "Shannon", was at the helm of a genre-defining dance sound that blended dance, Latin and hip hop.

  • A homegrown product of Brooklyn, New York, Skyy, scored top hits a decade apart, from 'Call Me' to 'Real Love', while dazzling fans with futuristic looks and dance moves.

  • Singer Christopher Williams emerges during the late 1980s with a string of new jack swing hits and a pretty-boy look, but his career is derailed by scandals and arrests.

  • Roxanne Shante used her fierce battle rap skills, honed during street battles with local MC’s for cash.

  • When their debut album produced four top singles, Dru Hill seemed destined for superstardom. But clashes with their label and each other all but derailed their career.