He’s the face of gospel music entertainment, a fixture on television for 35 years. He’s credited with the longest running original programming on cable television, an entertainment legend for sure. He’s Bobby Jones and this is his final season on Black Entertainment Television, or maybe not. Though Dr. Jones seems resigned to going without his beloved show for the first time in 35 years, there may be a plan to let the show ‘go on’.
Not quite ready to face the music about Bobby Jones Gospel not quite jumping the shark, gospel music producer Stan Jones (Mississippi Mass Choir, The Williams Brothers, Clout Music Group) has drafted a petition on Change.org in support of bringing back Bobby Jones Gospel for yet another season and hopefully beyond next year.
Bobby Jones Gospel has been the conduit through which many careers were launched and even bolstered. In gospel music, there is no better, proven method of an instant efflux of fans, listeners or uptick in sales than a Bobby Jones Gospel appearance. Long before the days of the digital age, artists suffered in obscurity without a national television appearance. The same as it was before, an appearance on Bobby Jones Gospel is a boon for any artist; and Jones’ Nashville Superchoir has been a launch pad for a number of today’s top gospel artists, the likes of: Beverly Crawford, Everett Drakeand Kyla Jade.
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