Here’s an exclusive first look at Kelly Rowland playing legendary soul singer Gladys Knight in BET’s upcoming series, American Soul.
The clip is part of a powerful scene where Don Cornelius (Sinqua Walls) explains his vision for Soul Train to Gladys Knight.
American Soul is the story about the struggle to make the dream of Soul Train come true. Set in the early 70’s, filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour, this is the untold story of the launch of the first nationally-syndicated Black music show and what happened when the music stopped. Battles with record labels for top talent, off-camera drama as young dancers vie for the spotlight, stand in the way of a 30-something Don Cornelius who is sacrificing all that he loves to follow his dream. The journeys of these characters collide in a racially charged LA with the odds stacked against them. All they have is each other and the magic of Soul Train.
Guest stars will include a dynamic multi-episode performance by Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight; singer and actress Michelle Williams as the legendary Diana Ross; entertainer Bobby Brown plays the over-the-top Rufus Thomas; fresh off of her show-stopping role as Whitney Houston in The Bobby Brown Story, Gabrielle Dennis portrays Tina Turner; Hit the Floor’s McKinley Freeman plays Ike Turner; and singer and TV personality K. Michelle plays Martha Reeves.
American Soul premieres on February 5, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on BET
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