It’s a sad day for all of us who enjoy our Sunday afternoons watching some of the best of the Gospel industry on our TV screens. After 35 seasons on air, BET is ending ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’.
Hosted and launched by Dr. Bobby Jones, ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ premiered in 1980 and is credited for bringing gospel music to an international audience as “premiere destination for faith-based recording artists to be seen on television.”
In addition, ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ was instrumental in launching the careers of various artists, including Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, among others. While the show boasts a who’s who of gospel artists that have appeared, “Bobby Jones Gospel” has provided exposure for mainstream performers such has Patti LaBelle, Ashford & Simpson, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Lattimore, Dionne Warwick, Coko of SWV, Raheem DeVaughn, Lil’ Mo and the late Maya Angelou.
According to AlwaysAList, the 75-year-old TV fixture will retire from hosting ‘Bobby Jones Gospel.’ Despite this, he will continue touring in the U.S. and abroad with renowned Nashville Super Choir, which served as the show’s choral cast of under the direction of musician Derrick Lee.
The final season of ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ will begin recording next week in Washington, DC with Fred Hammond and Issac Carree being the amongst the last artists to grace the ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ stage. The final shows for the series will begin airing its last shows in October.
Over to you
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