The Story Of The Legendary Clark Sisters Will Become A Biopic

The Clark Sisters from The Journal of Gospel Music
Source: The Clark Sisters via The Journal of Gospel Music

Apr. 9 2019, Published 9:00 p.m. ET

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The story of the best-selling Gospel group of all time, The Clark Sisters, is set to become a Lifetime biopic. The cast has officially been revealed and Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, and Mary J. Blige are set to produce the group’s trailblazing successes.

Their Musical Influence and Legacy 

The Lifetime special was formerly titled, You Brought The Sunshine, a nod to their gold-selling hit song of the same name. However, the film has been renamed as The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. To add to the #BlackGirlMagic, Christine Swanson, who has directed films centered on Black narratives such as Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, will direct the biopic. Sylvia L. Jones wrote the script.

The Clark Sisters at the Stellar Awards via Pinterest
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The cast includes Christina Bell who will play Twinkie, Kierra (KiKi) Sheard who will fittingly play her mother in real life, Karen, Sheléa Frazier as Dorinda, Raven Goodwin as Denise, and Angela Birchett as Jacky. Critics Choice award nominee Aunjanue Ellis will portray the sibling group’s mother/choir director, Mattie Moss Clark.

Their Musical Influence and Legacy 

The Clark Sisters made their pioneering mark in Gospel history with their debut album and were one of the first Gospel acts credited in bridging the genre into mainstream music. Their biggest crossover hits include: “Is My Living in Vain?” and “Hallelujah”. The groundbreaking, multi-platinum selling group paved the way for both Gospel and R&B artists alike, including Mary Mary, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Faith Evans. 

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Credit: Youtube, COGIC Clark Sisters The Best Female Group of All Time
Source: COGIC Clark Sisters The Best Female Group of All Time via YouTube

There’s no official date as to when the biopic will air, but it will appear on the small screen sometime in 2020. “Bringing untold stories of phenomenal women to life has been a core tenant of Lifetime,” said Tanya Lopez, the Executive Vice President of Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN. “We are thrilled to partner with Cheryl, Sandra, Queen Latifah, Mary, Missy and The Clark Sisters for the new projects that will showcase these iconic women in music to new audiences.”

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