Pharrell Williams gospel choir series moving forward at Netflix

A new series from Pharrell Williams has been given the greenlight at Netflix.

Titled Called “Voices of Fire,” the unscripted series follows Bishop Ezekiel Williams (Pharrell’s uncle) and a team of other leaders as they try to build the “world’s most inspiring gospel choir.” Williams will be searching for a diverse range of ages and races for the choir, but the choir will be based in Hampton Roads, Virginia, so members will most likely be from around the area.

Since the show plans to focus on the singers’ backstories, you can probably expect a healthy dose of both tear-jerking and uplifting stories along the way. This is Netflix’ second foray into music-competition programming, following “Rhythm + Flow” with Chance the Rapper.

The series is set to debut sometime in 2020. It’s a part of Netflix’ Strong Black Lead initiative, designed to “authentically capture the Black experience.” Pharrell is also partnering with Netflix for a new Juneteenth inspired musical with BlackAF creator Kenya Barris.

Artie Beaty