Season 13 of TV One’s award-winning hit docu-series, Unsung, continues with real stories of some of the most beloved artists in hip-hop, R&B, gospel, blues, and jazz. Check out the gallery to see who will be featured in these unparalleled, uncompromised stories of success and struggle in their path to stardom.
1. Regina BelleSource:Wireimage
This Jersey girl’s voice is like none other. She’s most known for her number one singles, “Make It Like It Was” and “Baby Come to Me” as well as her Grammy Award-winning duet with Peabo Bryson, “A Whole New World,” for the Disney film “Aladdin.”
Originally signed to Michael Bivins’ Biv-10 record label as a quartet, the Vegas-born girl group debuted in 1995 with “This Little Game We Play” alongside Subway. After dropping two of their members and picking up lead singer, Meelah Williams, the group went on to release hit singles “Steelo”, “Where My Girls At” and more. After 15 years on hiatus, the group is reemerging and telling Unsung their story.
3. B.B. KingSource:Getty
Hailing from Mississippi, the king of blues’ career spans six decades, 15 Grammys, thousands of gigs and dozens of hits including “The Thrill Is Gone.” B.B. King made blues mainstream, despite dealing with a gambling addiction, two failed marriages and hardships due to racial discrimination.
4. Cheryl ‘Pepsi’ RileySource:ImageDirect
Cheryl ‘Pepsi’ Riley’s 1988 ode to single mothers, ”Thanks for My Child”, paved the way for her career but her willingness to address provocative subjects in her music challenged her full level of success.
5. Will Downing
Downing’s career spans three decades and includes chart-topping singles in the Dance, R&B, and Jazz genres. The Prince of Sophisticated Soul became paralyzed by illness at the height of his career after suffering an auto-immune disease that threatened his life.
Known for her child-like speaking voice that was the polar opposite of her strong singing voice, Michel’le gave us hits such as “No More Lies”, “Nicety”, and “Something In My Heart”. Her tumultuous relationship with her mentor Dr. Dre and then equally volatile relationship with Suge Knight, caused her career to be cut short.