Kelly Price and Kelly Rowland Join BET's 'American Soul' Cast: Exclusive

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Singers Kelly Price and Kelly Rowland are the most recent additions to the forged of American Soul. BET’s latest scripted drama sequence tells the story of the emergence and nationwide rise of the groundbreaking ‘70s tv present Soul Train —“the hippest journey in America”— created by the late Don Cornelius.

Price joins the forged as a sequence common, enjoying Brianne Clarke. Clarke’s character is described because the “smart but cautious” head of the Clarke household whose kids Simone and Kendall are rising stars in Los Angeles. Music followers know Price because the Grammy Award-nominated singer whose R&B hits embody “Friend of Mine,” “Heartbreak Hotel” (with Whitney Houston and Faith Evans) and “As We Lay” in addition to the platinum albums Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror. Price most just lately held a recurring function on digital community Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners.

Rowland steps right into a multi-episode, guest-star function portraying soul legend Gladys Knight. Knight was one of many first performers that Cornelius booked throughout Soul Train’s early days. Four-time Grammy winner Rowland, a co-founding member of the seminal woman group Destiny’s Child, may even report an authentic model of Knight’s signature hit with the Pips, “Midnight Train to Georgia” for the function. Rowland’s performing credit embody visitor stints on the tv sequence Empire, Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane. She additionally govt produced her personal BET docu-series Chasing Destiny. Rowland most just lately served as a visitor mentor on NBC’s The Voice.  

Sinqua Walls (Power, The Breaks) will play the younger Cornelius. Among the beforehand introduced sequence regulars are Jason Dirden (Greenleaf) and Iantha Richardson (This Is Us) together with Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston.

Production for American Soul, helmed by Jesse Collins Entertainment, started Sept. 17 in Atlanta. The sequence will premiere in 2019.