A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Auditions feature a wide range of talented singers. Lots of faith-based themes, as well as focus on family, teamwork, overcoming challenges, and diversity.
Positive Role Models
Bishop Williams and his fellow judges are kind, positive, and supportive. There is racial/ethnic diversity among members of the choir, and more than half of the cast is Black.
Violence & Scariness
There's nothing violent, but applicants tell stories about the murder of parents, the death of loved ones, being born with a birth defect, sustaining major injuries, struggling with severe social anxiety, and other challenges.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A reference to wearing a good bra.
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Products & Purchases
Faith World Ministries is prominently featured, and their desire to spread the word of God is discussed. References are made to Pharrell Williams' hit song, Happy.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People briefly talk about abusing alcohol, but only subtle references are made to doing drugs in a past life.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Voices of Fire is an unscripted series about amateur singers from all walks of life auditioning for a gospel choir. The overall series is a positive one, and diversity is celebrated throughout. There are some conversations and stories about the contestants' life challenges, including the death of a parent, being born with a disability, mental illness, and engaging in risky behaviors like excessive drinking. If you enjoy gospel music and culture, chances are you'll enjoy this musical treat.
Is It Any Good?
Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, this series features talented people from different backgrounds and lived experiences vying for a chance to sing in a gospel choir. Bishop Williams and his choir staff openly talk about how this choir is designed to inspire people from all over the world to believe in God. But it is clear that many who audition view the opportunity as a way to rebuild faith in themselves.
There's lots of talk about God and faith, which makes sense given the subject matter of the music. he overall audition process reminds you of secular singing competitions, like American Idol and The Voice. But the most entertaining part of the series is listening to the talented singers' performances, and the judges' reactions to them. If you enjoy gospel music and culture, chances are you'll enjoy this musical treat.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.