Gospel singer Marvin Sapp will be joining the reality TV world with his new show, Marvin Sapp: Single Dad. The docu-series follows the life of recently widowed Sapp as he raises his three children and pastors a mega church, reports Black Celebrity Kids.
Sapp’s wife of 20 years, MaLinda, died in September 2010 of colon cancer. She was his manager and the administrative pastor of his Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Every day is a new day,” Sapp said in an interview with the Associated Press. “There are days when I get up and I cry, thinking of her. There are days thinking of her and I smile. There are days when I’m angry. Days that I’m not… we miss her.”
Sapp and his teenage children, Marvin “ML” Sapp II., MiKaila and Madisson, began shooting footage in the beginning of the year. Open River Pictures is now shopping the show to networks for distribution.
Tammy Williams, CEO of Open Rivers Pictures, said it was an honor and privilege to work with Sapp. “Marvin entrusted my company to document the second chapter of his and his kids,” said Williams. “I think it is timely that the country sees a man, especially an African-American man, who is serious about family values and raising his children.”
After his wife’s death, Sapp said that singing and preaching was a therapeutic outlet. “It can be a testimony to others about how God can keep you in a difficult time,” he said.
The show’s debut date and network have yet to be released, but reports say it is set to air this fall. Check out a sneak peek below.