Gospel star Deitrick Haddon has been involved with choirs for as long as he can remember. On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10/9c, he'll be showing off his legendary music chops in Fix My Choir, where he and Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams will mend ailing choirs both musically and emotionally. Read all about Deitrick's experience on the show, and how he met Michelle (and Beyonce!).
What should viewers look forward to the most about Fix My Choir?
Great performances, great music, talented, ambitious people. The show goes beyond music. People learn how to harmonize over their issue, and learn how to sing through pain. That’s the beautiful thing about this show. Michelle and I thought we were just going to be helping them vocally, but we’re also helping them emotionally and spiritually. We found that we’re helping young people move forward with their lives. Expect great television and drama…because talented people are dramatic people.
What kind of a mentor are you compared to Michelle?
Well Michelle plays too much! She just wants to have fun all day! I’m just kidding. I’m a tough guy, though. For me it’s about tough love. I love you and I make sure that I pour that love on you, but at the same time, I’m pushing you. I’m not afraid to confront you when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to. I’m the tough one, Michelle is the nice sweet one. It’s like beauty and the beast. I’m the beast!
How did you and Michelle meet?
We actually know each other from gospel music industry. Funny story: Michelle called me out of the blue one day, along with Beyonce and Kelly. They were on a tour bus during the height of Destiny’s Child’s success. They called me screaming and hollering, singing my song. They told me that they sang that song every night before they went on stage. I couldn’t believe it. From that point on, Michelle and I remained tight. Of course when I had the opportunity to do this show, I knew right away who would cohost with me. Michelle really knows her stuff. Not many gospel artists can say they sang at the Superbowl.
Are choirs becoming more mainstream?
Choirs have been a part of our culture for years. Where would we be without music? Every high school everywhere, elementary school, college, churches: choirs are everywhere. It’s almost a no-brainer to put it on a regular TV show. Think about Sister Act. Think about Glee, or Fame. You put this culture in a movie and it blows up. To do this on a reality format -- it’s a no brainer.
How is it different from working on Preachers of L.A.?
Preachers of L.A. is about me. It’s about my personal business. Fix My Choir is about helping others. It’s about encouraging people. It’s not about a bunch of drama. Sure, you’re going to get a bunch of drama, but it’s about inspiring somebody else. I’m stoked about introducing the culture of television to choirs, because it’s huge.
What are some of the most common issues that you see that is holding choirs back?
Well, each choir has its own particular goal they’re trying to reach, but the common thread is respect. A choir is like a basketball team that’s trying to get to the championship. You need everybody working together on the same page, otherwise it’s not going to happen. Getting a group of talented people to work together, set aside their differences and respect one another – that’s the common problem among all of them.
What’s the most gratifying part about being in the show?
I think it’s really cool for young people to get excited about something. They see Michelle and I walk in the door and they get excited. I remember when I was in high school and I was singing in my choir in Detroit. The Wynans, a supergroup, they all graduated from my school. They came back to talk to us. Knowing they went to the same school, it just did something for us. It made us believe that we could do it too. I never forgot that. So, I’m so excited to let these people know that if I can do it -- and I’m a ghetto kid from Detroit city -- they can make it too.
Watch 'Fix My Choir,' premiering Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10/9c!