Singers Kelly Price and Kelly Rowland are the newest additions to the solid of American Soul. BET’s latest scripted drama collection tells the story of the emergence and nationwide rise of the groundbreaking ‘70s tv present Soul Train —“the hippest journey in America”— created by the late Don Cornelius.
Price joins the solid as a collection common, taking part in Brianne Clarke. Clarke’s character is described because the “sensible but cautious” head of the Clarke household whose youngsters Simone and Kendall are rising stars in Los Angeles. Music followers know Price because the Grammy Award-nominated singer whose R&B hits embody “Friend of Mine,” “Heartbreak Hotel” (with Whitney Houston and Faith Evans) and “As We Lay” in addition to the platinum albums Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror. Price most not too long ago held a recurring function on digital community Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners.
Rowland steps right into a multi-episode, guest-star function portraying soul legend Gladys Knight. Knight was one of many first performers that Cornelius booked throughout Soul Train’s early days. Four-time Grammy winner Rowland, a co-founding member of the seminal woman group Destiny’s Child, can even file an authentic model of Knight’s signature hit with the Pips, “Midnight Train to Georgia” for the function. Rowland’s appearing credit embody visitor stints on the tv collection Empire, Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane. She additionally government produced her personal BET docu-series Chasing Destiny. Rowland most not too long ago served as a visitor mentor on NBC’s The Voice.
Sinqua Walls (Power, The Breaks) will play the younger Cornelius. Among the beforehand introduced collection regulars are Jason Dirden (Greenleaf) and Iantha Richardson (This Is Us) together with Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston.
Production for American Soul, helmed by Jesse Collins Entertainment, started Sept. 17 in Atlanta. The collection will premiere in 2019.