By Maurice “Mo” Barnes , Senior Contributor@Mo Barnes,| Entertainment
B.A.W.N-(New York) The Lifetime Network plans to introduce-The story of the Clark Sisters a legendary gospel act that changed the genre and influenced the singing style of many top female artists.
The biopic “You Brought the Sunshine” will be produced by Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, and Mary J. Blige, (pictured, below) is now set to air in early 2019.
The project was first announced in November 2018 and there was fierce competition on which network would get the chance to air the movie. For the record The Lifetime cable network owned by A&E.
In 1960’s Detroit, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, who organized and vocally trained her five daughters, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Denise Clark Bradford, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard in a unique style that became known as the “Clark Sound.”
It was the defining touch from a mother who was also a noted choral director credited by the Church of God In Christ for defining the denomination’s modern sound and choirs. The Clark Sisters had numerous hits that ultimately garnered the group three Grammy’s.
In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, the Clark Sisters include among their devotees Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and a score of others. Lifetime has announced the following actresses to play the roles of the sisters:
Kierra Sheard as Karen Clark Sheard
Angela Birchett as Jacky Cullum-Chisholm
Christina Bell as Twinkie Clark
Raven Goodwin as Denise Clark Bradford
Grammy award-winning producer Donald Lawrence was hired to work with the cast and he posted the following to Instagram:
The song “You Brought the Sunshine” that was the inspiration for the movie title and the hit that was heard in churches and on the dance floor can be seen below:
The movie will include recordings of the group’s most famous hits but also, the actresses will be singing in parts of the movie.(mb)
Featured Image: Cast of the Clark Sisters biopic “You Brought The Sunshine” (Image Source: A&E Networks Press Release)
Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a Senior Contributor at Black America World News (BAWN). “Mo” is a Graduate of Morehouse College and a nationally renowned political scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also an accomplished Blues musician and plays regularly. Mo has used his vast journalistic talent to write for Rolling Out Magazine and many other popular U.S. Media outlets. You can reach Mo Barnes at https://twitter.com/theblogrebel.