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Hezekiah Walker talks 'Unsung,' upcoming 'edgy' music project

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Gospel music legend Hezekiah Walker said he finally agreed to do the popular music docuseries “Unsung” after being approached several times. The Christian pastor also discussed working on an upcoming “edgy” music project. Walker’s “Unsung” episode will air Sunday, April 4 at 9 p.m. EST on TV One.

Video Transcript

- Sunday--

- His spirit infected the choir and brought it alive.

- --an all new "Unsung."

- It was hard core gospel music, but it had an urban flair.

HEZEKIAH WALKER: They've been after me for a minute. And I kept saying no, no, no, you know, because it's always like some bit of controversy that kind of makes people look. And I was kind of worried about that.

But then as, I guess, the old I'm getting, you know, it's my story. You know, whether good, bad, or indifferent, it's my story. And so I finally said yes. I said, OK, come on, let's do it.

- Hezekiah Walker.

HEZEKIAH WALKER: I wanted people to hear something different.

My aim and goal was to be a famous gospel singer. You know, I really wanted to be famous, but I really wanted to represent gospel not knowing that eventually the music would cross over. And so when it started crossing over, when it started going to secular radio, I was amazed by that.

DEVON FRANKLIN: I can't tell you how many church services I've been in and they have sung "Every Praise."

HEZEKIAH WALKER: I'm even tired of it. [LAUGHS]

- "Every Praise" became a platinum seller.

HEZEKIAH WALKER: Eventually, it became song of the decade from "Billboard."

I was getting ready to say, OK, we're not going to do "Every Praise." And I wound up doing it, and brother, it's like-- it's the song of the decade. Like we-- I was-- when we got that phone call from "Billboard," I was like, are you kidding me? And then the sales. And then just-- it's just amazing.

This whole pandemic changed my perspective of church, people. And I'm working on a new project now. I'm going to step out a little further than where I've been. I'm taking a deep breath, because I'm kind of nervous to say this. But it's going to be-- it's going to be gospel, but it's going to be a different type.

You know, I'm not moving away from my faith or anything. But I just think that what I have is larger than the church, if that makes sense to you. I think that we've been singing to each other for so long. Now it's time for us to sing to people who don't have what we have.

It may be a little edgy from what everybody's used to hearing from Hezekiah Walker. But there's a whole lot of music stuff inside me, and I want to now give it out.