Netflix is pairing up with Pharrell Williams on a new, unscripted series.
The mega-streamer has ordered docu-series, Voices of Fire, that will explore the singer’s hometown community of Hampton Roads, Virginia as it builds on Williams efforts to curate, “one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs.” The project is set to premiere on Netflix later in 2020.
The series will not only follow the super-star producer, but it will also follow his uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, on their quest.
“Pharrell’s uncle and a well-respected musical genius in the area, Bishop Ezekiel Williams and his core team of influential gospel leaders will venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent,” Netflix said of the series.
Happy Sunday! Excited to announce Voices of Fire, a new docuseries that follows @Pharrell's hometown community as it builds one of the world’s most inspiring and diverse gospel choirs. Only on Netflix later this year! pic.twitter.com/YvPGuTTpd4— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) July 5, 2020
“With the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the Bishop and his team will be searching for people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds,” they added.
Williams is also reportedly in talks with Netflix to create a Juneteenth musical with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris; the producer recently lobbied governors on social media to make June 19th an official holiday in their respective states.
Voices of Fire will be Netflix’s latest endeavor in music competition-like programming, following their instant hit, Rhythm + Flow, with Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and T.I. A second season of that series will premiere in 2021 with the judges joined by Snoop Dogg, Quavo and DJ Khaled.
Furthermore, Voices of Fire is set to be produced by A. Smith & Co. and i am OTHER. Executive producers include Williams and Mimi Valdés for i am OTHER and Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton for A. Smith & Co. Bianca Barnes-Williams will also executive produce.