Singer Kelly Rowland has been nabbed to portray the legendary Gladys Knight in BET's scripted series, "American Soul." The series will be loosely based off the rise of the hit 70's music/dance show, "Soul Train," created by the late Don Cornelius.
According to Billboard.com,
"Rowland steps into a multi-episode, guest-star role portraying soul legend Gladys Knight. Knight was one of the first performers that Cornelius booked during Soul Train’s early days."
If that's not exciting enough, the "Motivation" singer will lend her vocals to record an original version of "Midnight Train To Georgia."
"Four-time Grammy winner Rowland, a co-founding member of the seminal girl group Destiny’s Child, will also record an original version of Knight’s signature hit with the Pips, “Midnight Train to Georgia” for the role."
Wow! And, according to an IG post two years ago, Gladys revealed she would love for Rowland to portray her in her biopic.
Now if you're a true Kelly Rowland fan, then you know this is not her "first time at the rodeo" when it comes extending her talents to the big screen. The talented singer's acting resume spans from stints on the television series "Empire," "Girlfriends" and "Being Mary Jane" to being an executive producer of the BET docu-series, "Chasing Destiny" and serving as a guest mentor on NBC's "The Voice.
As "Soul Train" was a staple show in just about every African American household, it will be interesting to see how well Kelly Price does at portraying Brianne Clarke, the “wise yet cautious” head of the Clarke family and "Power" star Sinqua Walls as young Don Cornelius. Other cast members to look our for include "Greenleaf" star Jason Dirden, "This Is Us" actress Iantha Richardson, along with Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston.
Word around town is that the series will premiere in 2019 and production has already started in Atlanta.