Tye Tribbett is on a mission.
When his new show “Joyful Noise” premieres on BET Sunday morning, the gospel music artist says he won’t be trying to fill the shoes of the “Bobby Jones Gospel” program that had the time slot for over 30 years. Instead, his focus will be on attracting a new generation.
“My thing was to really make Jesus, gospel and music as cool and relevant as it really is. I want to bring that back in a way that will bring family together, not just youth,” the boisterous musician told The Christian Post. “I want to bring families together so they will be inspired because we’re going to face some dark days, especially in America. We’re going to find strength in knowing all things work together for good and I want the show to be a reinforcement of that truth.”
After 35 years and maintaining the title of the longest continuous running original series on cable television, Jones’ “Bobby Jones Gospel” aired its last episode on July 31. The variety show hosted by gospel music legend Bobby Jones featured gospel music performances and interviews from many of the biggest names in the industry.
Now that the show has officially come to an end, a new groundbreaking concept is taking its time slot in the form of an edgier variety show “Joyful Noise.” Much like Jones’ gospel program, the music hour with Tribbett will feature performances and interviews.
Aside from a different preacher sharing a new sermon each week and fans sending in their testimonies, comedian Willie Moore Jr. has also joined the show with his own “Man on the Street” segment. But for Tribbett, there is no sense in comparing Jones’ former show and his upcoming program.
Just the thought of that can be an intimidating one for Tribbett who understands the magnitude of what he is about to take on.
“First of all the legacy is so enormous it’s very intimidating, if I could be honest. I’m not taking over Bobby Jones show but I’m taking that time slot that’s been embedded in our communities for over 30 plus years,” Tribbett said. “I’m not even trying to fill the shoes, I can’t even fill the shoes. That man has his own shoes and I’m bringing my own shoes to the show.”
However, the Grammy, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Award-winner singer-songwriter, musician, choir director and budding pastor realizes the importance of bringing about a show like “Joyful Noise.”
“It’s an incredible opportunity, one far beyond what I could imagine me doing in this season. It was necessary for something new, for something fresh, for something relevant to our generation,” he said. “I’m honored that God chose me to be the voice or the face of what that new thing will be. This here is going to be groundbreaking.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post