Coming to BET is a brand new scripted series that will tell the story of the legendary 1970’s music and dance television program, Soul Train.
American Soul will be a 10-episode drama that centers on the emergence of Soul Train, its creator, the late Don Cornelius, and a cutthroat Hollywood in the 1970’s. It will also highlight Soul Train’s influence on American culture and the mainstream acceptance of Black music.
It has been announced that Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Kelly Rowland will star as Gladys Knight in the upcoming series. Rowland’s multi-episodic role is pivotal as Knight was one of the first performers booked during the early days of Soul Train. You may remember an October 2016 Instagram post by Gladys Knight asking fans if they thought Kelly Rowland would be the perfect person to star in her biopic. How ironic is that?
Joining the cast as a series regular, according to Billboard, is also Grammy Award-nominated singer Kelly Price. Price will star as Brianne Clarke, the head of the Clarke family whose children Simone and Kendall are rising stars in Los Angeles.
Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince and Devon Greggory are set to executive produce. Don’s son, Tony Cornelius, will co-exec produce alongside Andy Horne. Greggory will pen the pilot, and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce. The series will premiere in 2019.