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BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF ALL INSPIRING GOSPEL COMPETITION SERIES, “SUNDAY BEST,” FOR ITS NINTH SEASON

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MUSIC ICON KIRK FRANKLIN RETURNS AS HOST & MENTOR, ALONG WITHERICA CAMPBELL, KELLY PRICE & JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS AS JUDGES
“SUNDAY BEST” PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 30th ON BET IN THE U.S.A.AND INTERNATIONALLY BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 7th 
BET “Sunday Best” judges Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price and show host Kirk Franklin (below)

(NEW YORK, NY) – April 18, 2019 – After a four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” makes its triumphant return to BET, as a new and improved Season 9 takes over Sunday nights beginning in June. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell as a judge; and adds two Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel. With a brand new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season will be the toughest one yet.

The new season kicks off with in-person auditions in front of the judges as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10.  For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeriaand for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), will serve as executive producer of season nine of Sunday Best along with showrunner Josh Greenberg (The Sing-Off, Lip Sync Battle).  Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!) and are co-executive producers.


For updates and more information about “SUNDAY BEST”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.

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GOSPEL MUSIC RISING STAR RICH TOLBERT JR. DEBUTS #1 ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL DIGITAL SONG CHART WITH NEW SINGLE “NEVER BE DEFEATED” AVAILABLE NOW

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Tolbert’s Signature Vocals Heard on Billboard Gospel National Airplay Current Top Ten Hit “Miracle Worker” by JJ Hairston

(NASHVILLE, TN) – October 2, 2019 – Founder of JamesTown Music – GRAMMY nominated, Billboard Music Award Winner, and seven-time Stellar Award winner JJ Hairston celebrates the success of its newest signee Rich Tolbert Jr.’s single, “Never Be Defeated,” debuting number one on Billboard Gospel’s Digital Song Chart. The song makes an impressive debut at number one following a string of viral social media posts and highly attended tour dates. JJ Hairston’s JamesTown Music, is distributed exclusively by Entertainment One.
Richard Tolbert Jr., affectionately known as “Rich,” is an extraordinary worship leader, songwriter and psalmist with an undying passion to reach the heart of God through music. A native of the Bronx, New York, Tolbert’s musical journey began at the early age of 10, where he began leading in music ministry within his local church. Tolbert is currently serving as an Executive Pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle of Brooklyn, NY, under the senior leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker, where he also leads praise & worship every Sunday.
“Rich is an incredible worship leader that is important the genre of gospel music. It is my honor to help present him to the world through my imprint JamesTown Music in partnership with Entertainment One,” says JJ Hairston, founder of JamesTown Music.
Entertainment One’s Omega George says, “For the past three years or more I have been studying the sound, brand, and artistry of Rich Tolbert Jr. I’m excited about his present and future. He represents who the progressive sound and pace of the Gospel music genre.”
Tolbert’s “Never Be Defeated” is available for purchase at all major digital retailers. For more information on Rich Tolbert Jr. follow him on social media using the handle @richtolbertjr. For more information on Entertainment One visit entertainmentone.com.

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