In one trailer for his new faith-based docuseries “Voices of Fire” set to premiere on Netflix Nov. 20, Pharrell Williams declares “this is about to be the most awesome, awesome choir ever” after listening to a contestant belt a rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” that made him “feel it like that.”
The multi-Grammy Award winning record producer and Academy Award nominee, who received a 2014 Best Original Song nomination for his smash hit “Happy” teams up with his uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams in the six-episode series which highlights their journey to create a diverse, inspiring, nontraditional gospel choir in a fresh twist on the music competition.
Williams whose church describes him as “a gifted organist and musical director” is the general overseer, pastor and founder of Faith World Ministries in Norfolk, Virginia. He and his nephew will be on a panel of judges in the series where contestants have just one shot to make the cut for the choir.
“Pharrell’s uncle and a well-respected musical genius in the area, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, and his core team of influential gospel leaders will venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent. With the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the Bishop and his team will be searching for people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds,” Netflix told Rolling Stone about the series.