By far, one of my favorite shows on cable television is Unsung on TV One. The series discusses the lives and accomplishments of those artists whose talent may have gone unnoticed during their heyday and has been called the “black” version of VH1’s Behind The Music. A couple of my favorite episodes explored the lives of songstresses Vesta Williams, Teena Marie, Millie Jackson and Phyllis Hyman.
This season of Unsung will be filled with stories from even more artists. Artists whose praises Unsung will sing this season include Isaac Hayes, Midnight Star, EPMD, Lou Rawls, Eddie Kendricks, The Whispers, Mint Condition, Johnny Gill. And, in a groundbreaking two-hour special on Disco, Unsung tells the definitive tale of an American phenomenon, featuring two dozen musical performances, and commentary by legendary Disco survivors Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers, Thelma Houston, The Village People and KC of the Sunshine Band.
Some say Unsung always offers a sense of closure to fans and family of the deceased artists they cover. For example, Roger Troutman’s brother stated that the public was finally on the same page as the family in regards to realizing that no one really knows what happened between Roger and Larry Troutman the fatal morning of his death. But not every artist is a fan of Unsung. Stephanie Mills apparently isn’t.
“I don’t like that show,” the Grammy Award winner revealed in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show.” She went on to say that she doesn’t feel she’s “unsung.” “I feel like I’ve had a wonderful career. I’ve done wonderful things and met so many wonderful different people. So I don’t feel like I’m unsung at all.”
Unsung airs tonight at 10 pm est/ 9 central on TV One with the story of Isaac Hayes!