Sunday Best (TV series)

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Sunday Best
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Sunday Best logo
StarringKirk Franklin
Bebe Winans (2007-2009)
CeCe Winans (2012-2014)
Erica Campbell (2007-2009),(2011-2012)
Tina Campbell (2007-2012)
Donnie McClurkin (2010-2015)
Yolanda Adams (2010, 2012-2015)
Kim Burrell (2010-2015)
Kierra "Kiki" Sheard (2014-2015)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes90
Producer(s)D'Angela Proctor Steed and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell
Running time60 minutes
Original networkBET - CBS Television Distribution
Original releaseOctober 2, 2007 –
August 30, 2015
Related showsNominated Gospel
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Sunday Best was a reality television Gospel music singing competition series which aired on BET.

Each season, the show and its judges had set out to find the best undiscovered gospel talent in America. Finalists competed each week until a winner was crowned. The judges of the competition were Gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Bebe Winans & Cece Winans.[1] Gospel singer Kim Burrell served as the on-screen mentor,[2] and the program was hosted by Kirk Franklin.

The Sunday Best winner receives a national recording contract, a new automobile, and an undisclosed cash prize benefiting his or her community as well as the title of 'Sunday Best'. Season one runner up Shari Addison also scored a recording contract, as well as season two runner up Jessica Reedy although her contract was not rewarded from the show.

On the season 4 finale, host Kirk Franklin announced that the series would be returning for a 5th season next year. The 5th season premiered Sunday, July 8, 2012. Season 5 ended with a 2 hour special on September 2, 2012. The winner of the 5th season was Joshua Rogers from Greeleyville, South Carolina. He made history as the first male contestant to win the Sunday Best title.

The last Sunday Best champion was Dathan Thigpen, who won on August 30, 2015.

On April 18, 2019, it was announced that the series will return on June 30, 2019.[3]


Season 1: Crystal Aikin - Verity Records

Debut album "Crystal Aikin" released March 17, 2009.

Season 2: Y'Anna Crawley - Imago Dei Music Group

Debut album "The Promise" released August 24, 2010.

Season 3: Le'Andria Johnson - Music World Gospel

Debut album "Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson" released September 6, 2011.

Christmas EP "Christmas Best" released December 6, 2011.

First Winner to receive a Grammy Award (2012, Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance)

Season 4: Amber Bullock - Music World Gospel

Debut album "So In Love" released July 10, 2012.

Season 5: Joshua Rogers[4]

Debut album "Well Done" released December 4, 2012.

Season 6: Tasha Page-Lockhart[5]

Debut single "Different" released in Mid-2014.

Debut album "Here Right Now" released on August 5, 2014

Season 7: Geoffrey Golden [6]

Season 8 (Sunday Best All-Stars): Dathan Thigpen (also from Season 3) [7]



  1. ^ "Gospel Greats Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams Join the All-Star Team of Judges... - PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/". California, Nigeria: Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  2. ^ Date: 04/29/10. "SR Gospel: Kim Burrell Joins Sunday Best 3". Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  3. ^ "BET Networks Announces the Return of All Inspiring Gospel Competition Series, "Sunday Best," for Its Ninth Season". The Futon Critic. April 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Behind the Stage - Joshua Rogers is Sunday Best". 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Tasha Page-Lockhart Is Sunday Best!". 1 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Geoffrey Golden Is Sunday Best!". 31 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Jackson native wins BET's Sunday Best competition". 31 August 2015.

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