“The hippest train in American” will make an impression in households once again. ‘American Soul’ is a drama series that tells the story of Soul Train and its creator Don Cornelius. The 10 episode series will premiere February 5th on BET and will air every Tuesday.
Sinqua Walls & Queen of R&B Soul, Kelly Price star in BET’s American Soul, the gripping 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, AmericanSoul is the untold story of the launch of the first nationally syndicated Black music show and what happened when the music stops. 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.
Sinqua Walls (Power, Once Upon a Time) stars as the legendary Don Cornelius, along with a multi-episode guest star arc from Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight. Singer and actress Kelly Price co-stars. The series hails from the producers of BET’s mega hit biopics, The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story – which were both cultural (and ratings) milestones.
Sinqua Walls is a former college basketball player best known for his role as ’Shawn’, in Power. He had a recurring role on the MTV drama series Teen Wolf and a notable guest role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, as Sir Lancelot. Most recently he co-starred in Clint Eastwood’s biopic The 15:17 to Paris.
Kelly Price is a nine-time Grammy-nominated® R&B singer and songwriter who has sung as a guest vocalist or back up for a who’s who in the music industry - from Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston to Aretha Franklin and The Notorious B.I.G.
Check out my interview with stars Sinqua Walls and Kelly price below - where we chat about the pressures of bringing this story to life. Also listen for my very own personal serenade by Grammy nominee and Soul singer Kelly Price!
American Soul premieres in back to back episodes on Tuesday, February 5th at 9PM (ET/PT) on BET.