When TV One’s “Unsung” announced that Marvin Sapp would appear on the show, many people were puzzled, including the award-winning artist himself.
“I was shocked because when I look at ‘Unsung,’ immediately I think about it from the standpoint of people’s careers almost being over and my career is still very much thriving,” said Sapp.
“But they assured me that we were going to talk about my life, my journey and I got excited about it. They want to talk about my trials and my triumphs.”
The behind-the-scenes look at the gospel star premieres on Sunday, July 16, at 7 p.m., local time, on TV One and viewers will learn how he evolved into a chart-topping artist. Many facts about him are well known such as his early start with the group Commissioned and the tragic death of his wife, Malinda, from colon cancer. But the show will disclose rarely publicized details like who inspired him to sing, his rebellious teenage period and his unwavering faith in God.
Also, the program will share insight from several of Sapp’s contemporaries including Kirk Franklin, Dorinda Clark Cole, Marvin Winans, Sr., Donald Lawrence and Fred Hammond.
“I’ve always been very public, but I’m very private, too. People will get to see Marvin Sapp in a different light. I think it will be a strong ministry tool that will encourage and uplift,” he said.
Sapp has excelled during his 30-year musical career; however, he experienced many challenges along the way. His parents divorced when he was nine-years-old, he experimented with marijuana and hard drugs at the age of 12 and suffered from epilepsy as a young man. Yet, his faith remained strong no matter what odds he faced.
God not only delivered him from drugs, but also freed him of his epileptic disease after Sapp decided to stop taking medication and prayed for a healing. As a result, he hasn’t had a seizure in 30 years.
“I’ve always been a man of faith and even in my faith, I maintained my position and decided I was going to stay strong in God despite all of the things that were happening in my life,” said Sapp.
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SOURCE: Los Angeles Sentinel – Cora Jackson-Fossett
— Marvin L. Sapp (@marvinsapp) July 12, 2017