Pharrell Williams has set a gospel series, titled “Voices of Fire,” at Netflix, Variety has learned.
The show will follow the musician’s uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, a well-respected musical genius in the area of Hampton Roads, Va., which includes Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach. The unscripted series will center around the town, as it builds one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs.
The bishop and his core team of influential gospel leaders will venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent, and with the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the group will be searching for people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Pharrell and the bishop announced news of the series during a conversation on Sunday at Essence Festival, which went digital this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Insiders describe the series as an upbeat, feel-good project, which is “just what we need right now,” during a fraught time in the world.
Pharrell, who will appear on camera, will serve as an executive producer through his multi-media company, I Am Other. The series marks the latest television venture for the Grammy winner, who has also served as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.”
“Voices of Fire” is set to launch on Netflix later in 2020.