BET Sunday Best Is BACK!!

After a four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, Sunday Best, makes its triumphant return to BET, as a new and improved Season 9 takes over Sunday nights beginning in June. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host. This season’s judges sees a show veteran return along with two new but well qualified judges joining the fray.

Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter Erica Campbell returns to her role as judge. Campbell is a veteran of the show having served as a judge for most of the eight previous seasons. The five-time Grammy Award winner is known for her time spent as part of the sibling duo Mary Mary while having also launched a successful solo career. Campbell is also the host of the syndicated daily radio broadcast “Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell”.

New to the team is Grammy-Award® nominated artist Kelly Price. The nine-time Grammy Award nominee is a gifted singer, songwriter and arranger whose first two projects, Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror both went platinum, launching Price to R&B prominence. Proving versatile off the stage, Price has now pivoted to television, and stars as a series regular in BET’s hit series American Soul, recently picked up for season 2.  The project brought Price’s career full circle as Soul Train was the first national broadcast appearance of her career, and her first industry award when she took home the Soul Train Awards trophy for Best New Artist.

Rounding out this season’s panel of judges is award winning gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds. The Chicago-based artist and three-time Grammy nominee has amassed an impressive array of awards and recognition including a Dove Award, eight Stellar Awards, and a Billboard Music Award nomination. At just 29, Jonathan has released three full length studio albums and one EP, holds a Masters in Theology from Moody Theological Seminary and is currently an adjunct member of the Columbia College faculty on top of his work as an official contributor to Huffington Post. He is also the founder of Elihu Nation, a nonprofit organization that promotes wisdom and recently awarded $30k in scholarships. He was recently named a new member of Mensa, an international high IQ society, as well. McReynolds also serves as an ambassador for Martin Guitars.

The new season kicks off with in-person auditions in front of the judges as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10. For the first time, the contestants were able to use an online submissions process. After which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeria, and for the first time-London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), will serve as executive producer of season nine of Sunday Best along with show runner Josh Greenberg (The Sing-Off, Lip Sync Battle). Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!) and are co-executive producers.

Look for BET Sunday Best Season 9 to premiere on June 30 in the US and July 7 internationally on BET.

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