TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG dives into the untold story of 80s soulful songbird Shirley Murdock on Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. UNCENSORED follows at 10 p.m. ET/9C and reveals the life and legacy of musical genius Jermaine Dupri.
Shirley Murdock is that rare singer-songwriter who’s revered by fans of pop, R&B, dance music and gospel. A queen of the quiet storm sound, she burst onto the ’80s music scene with Zapp & Roger, starting with her breakout performance with Roger Troutman on “Computer Love.” Shirley eventually became a key part of their touring group, while also enjoying a successful solo career that’s lasted four decades with hits like “As We Lay,” and “Go On Without You.” During her career, she’s endured a string of ups and downs, including the tragedy of the Troutman brothers murder-suicide in 1999, which nearly spelled the end of Zapp. On this episode of UNSUNG, Shirley recounts her remarkable journey through music and life, and the faith that’s kept her grounded along the way.
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Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross, TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow. Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25-year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.