VOICES OF FIRE, l-r, Bishop Ezekiel Willians and Pharrell Williams in Voices of Fire. Cr. ANTONY PLATT/NETFLIX © 2020
Pharrell Williams is going back to his Hampton Roads, Virginia roots to team up with his uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams and a team of talented producers to produce a faith-based docu-series showcasing the intense search for talented singers to create the world’s most diverse and inspirational gospel choir.
Thousands signed up to audition from across the country for a shot at being selected to join this one-of-a-kind gospel choir, the brainchild of Bishop Ezekiel Williams. The Norfolk, Virginia-area bishop, founder of Faith World Ministries, Inc., not only envisioned discovering great gospel talent, but sought to assemble an eclectic mix of singers from different racial backgrounds and life journeys.
A few of the finalists chosen to vie for open spots in the multi-faceted choir not only moved the judges with their incredible vocal talent, but their heartfelt stories which ranged from one singer’s miraculous recovery from paralysis to another contestant’s life-long battle with social anxiety to another’s story of overcoming a birth deficit that left her with 50 percent of her hearing. Their ability to overcome the odds to pursue their dreams was the highlight of the docu-series as each stepped beyond their physical and social limitations to take their rightful places in the spotlight.
Debuting on Netflix on Nov. 20, the multi-episode docu-series lived up to its promise as the assembly of judges, including Bishop Williams , renown choir conductor, Patrick Riddick, founder of D’vyne Worship, and gospel great, Peggy Britt, narrowed talent down to the best 75 contestants over a grueling series of auditions. During the process, entrants were treated to a visit from Pharrell Williams who joined his uncle for a sneak peak of the field of talent.
The Grammy-Award-Winning singer/producer was wowed by the finale performance and had a few surprises for the newly-minted gospel choir.
Tune in to the series debut on Netflix on Nov. 20.