Through the Years: Marvin Sapp’s Musical Journey
As the premiere of Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story approaches on Sunday, August 21, TV One is preparing for a gospel celebration and movie event that the world won’t want to miss! The biopic chronicles the prominent gospel music artist and preacher’s Michigan upbringing, battle against teenage alcohol abuse, love for MaLinda Prince, rise in the music industry and growth in his faith. Below you’ll find a detailed timeline of Bishop Marvin Sapp’s life and journey through music, shared exclusively by him. Tune in Aug. 21 at 9/8c only on TV One!
1967: Marvin Sapp was born in Grand Rapids, MI on January 28
1972: Sang first solo at 5-years-old at True Light Missionary Baptist Church
1977: Sang with Pearl Bailey as a part of The Voices of Alexander Elementary School
1977: Marvin Sapp makes decision to sing gospel after mother made him make a choice between gospel or worldly church
1977: Met his late wife MaLinda in third grade
1982: Joined a community group called Creations til 1987
1982: Opened up for Commissioned and met Fred Hammond
1982 – 1985: Performed in multiple talent shows and never won
1990: Received first call from Fred Hammond in January with offer to join Commissioned. Prayed with Hammond for six months before joining gospel group Commissioned in August.
WATCH BELOW: Trailer for Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story
1992: Marries MaLinda on September 19
1994: First child, Marvin Jr., is born on August 30
1996: Released first solo, self-titled album (Word/Epic)
1997: MiKaila D. Sapp is born on September 8
1999: Madisson Sapp is born on June 9
2003: Founded Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids with his late wife, MaLinda
2006: Marvin Sapp spontaneously recorded/perform “Never Would Have Made It” on Sunday, October 8 at church after his father passed on September 29. It wasn’t a previously written song, but it was a hit MaLinda persuaded Marvin to put on the album.
2007: Released Thirsty album that features “Never Would Have Made It”
2008: “Never Would Have Made It” went no. 1 at gospel radio for 47 weeks and later became the longest running no. 1 single in Billboard history of any genre.
Hearing Never Would Have Made It by @marvinsapp has made us feel a range of emotions! But we have to know: What’s your mood when you hear the gospel classic? Let us know below! 👇🏾 and don’t miss Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story Sunday, Aug . 21st at 9p/8c on TV One pic.twitter.com/fQzAFOYJuh
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2008: Performed “Never Would Have Made It” at the BET Awards
2010: September 9, MaLinda passed away
2015: Marvin Sapp was named Billboard’s Top Male Gospel Artist
2017: Honored at BMI’s Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors
2019: Installed as the senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel Church in Fort Worth, TX
2021: Biopic idea introduced to Marvin Sapp
2022: Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story debuts on TV One.
WATCH BELOW: Never Would Have Made It EPK Part 1 ~ The Song
Don’t forget to tune in to the biopic on Sunday, August 21 at 9p/8c only on TV One!
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