Monday, September 23, 2013

Bravo Goes to Church with Thicker Than Water: The Tankards

He is the world’s best-selling Gospel Jazz musician, has won twelve Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and has multiple Grammy™ and Dove Award nominations from his Gold and Platinum albums.  With twenty years of Gospel Jazz, Ben Tankard is continuing to sculpt his musical legacy as one of music’s preeminent artist.  Tankard is also gearing up for the debut of his new reality television series Thicker Than Water: The Tankards, which will premiere on BRAVO TV this fall.
Check out our Studio Q interview with Ben and his wife Jewel Tankard at Roland Martin's TV One launch party.  Talking to the Tankards made us excited to see their new show. Ben says it is a cross between The Cosby Show and The Brady Bunch. Watch our interview below.

Tankard’s new docu-series follows him – former professional basketball player turned popular gospel singer/recording artist and minister, his blended family and their journey in expanding the family fortune.  From music-producing to NBA life coaching and motivational speaking, his business-oriented family strives to keep on top of their game, but finds their true passion lies in ministry.  Bravo network describes Thicker Than Water as follows:Self-dubbed the “Black Brady Bunch,” this southern family integrates their strong religious conviction with their penchant for the finer things in life. Under the watchful eye of the patriarch and matriarch, the Tankard children, although grown-up, still live at home and must abide by Ben and Jewel’s rules. With the belief that “God wants us all to be millionaires,” the Tankards aim to be the best and brightest in everything they do. Along with their drive, comes a healthy dose of rivalry proving the adage, “You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family” especially true.
Cyrene, Ben's adopted daughter from Jewel's previous marriage, is a high school athlete and college-hopeful. Ben's older son, Ben Jr., is an aspiring DJ and has also moved back into the house--along with his new wife, Shanira. Brooklyn, the burgeoning entrepreneur in her own right, has her own line of hair weaves and a 10-year daughter, who also lives in the house. The only sibling that seems content with a 9-to-5 and is seemingly unfazed by the strong materialism infecting her siblings is the middle child, Brittney. Although she is the only one who doesn't physically live at home, she's still very much present in the series.
 Thicker Than Water: The Tankards premieres November 10th, airing on Sunday's at 9pm et/pt.


In companion to his new TV show, Tankard is putting the finishing touches on a new book The Full Tank Life (Ben-Jamin’ Publishers / Thomas Nelson Publishers) which will be released in early September in sync with the show.  Tankard’s book is an inspirational how-to guide for having a Full (Tank) Life in every area:  family, health, wealth, career and spiritual walk.

Sidebar: I hope this show does well. It seems positive and family-oriented, which we could use more of. Whatever happened to Runs House?

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