The Evolution of Dr. Bobby Jones

Dr. Bobby Jones is a pioneer. Here's why.

Something Good - A Tennessee native who had big dreams, Bobby Jones took his passion for music and gospel to another level. Since his work on Video Gospel, Jones brought the genre to the mainstream and became an ambassador along the way.  (Photo: Courtesy ZOMBA Records)

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Something Good - A Tennessee native who had big dreams, Bobby Jones took his passion for music and gospel to another level. Since his work on Video Gospel, Jones brought the genre to the mainstream and became an ambassador along the way. (Photo: Courtesy ZOMBA Records)

Spiritual Teacher - Early on in his career Jones was an elementary school teacher. It was during this time that he would think of ideas for gospel programming.  (Photo: Tennessee State University)

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Spiritual Teacher - Early on in his career Jones was an elementary school teacher. It was during this time that he would think of ideas for gospel programming. (Photo: Tennessee State University)

Staple - Before bringing Bobby Jones Gospel to BET, Jones hosted a gospel show that was broadcast primarily in the Nashville, TN, area. In 1980, he launched the aforementioned show on BET and it has remained a staple on the network ever since.  (Photo: UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten /Landov)

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Staple - Before bringing Bobby Jones Gospel to BET, Jones hosted a gospel show that was broadcast primarily in the Nashville, TN, area. In 1980, he launched the aforementioned show on BET and it has remained a staple on the network ever since. (Photo: UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten /Landov)

Oh The Glory - Dr. Bobby Jones gives a moving spoken word piece and asks the Lord to show His glory.(Photo: Earl E. Gibson III/BET)

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Hitmaker - Jones has also released over 10 albums in his career. In 1984 he won a Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group. (Photo: Earl E. Gibson III/BET)

Dr. Bobby Jones - The always impressive and annointed Bobby Jones will take the stage. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Stellar Awards)

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Spreading the Word - Jones also spearheads the Dr. Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat, a gospel conference that serves as a networking event for those in the industry and outside of it trying to break in. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Stellar Awards)

The Incomparable Dr. Bobby Jones - The incomparable Dr. Bobby Jones blessed the 2012 Celebration of Gospel stage. We can't wait to see how he ministers to the audience during the show!(Photo: Maury Phillips/BET)

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Flashback - Jones made an appearance at last year's Celebration of Gospel and surely moved the crowd. His penchant for the stage is an undeniable experience. (Photo: Earl Gibson III/BET)

Spoken Word: Dr. Bobby Jones - Celebration of Gospel wouldn't be complete without the ambassador of gospel music and host of Bobby Jones Gospel. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Award Enthusiast - Having pushed the boundaries of gospel music, Jones is a reliable constant at gospel awards shows. Here he makes an appearance at the Stellar Awards. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Get Ready! - No stranger to the game, Bobby Jones continues to brighten up Sunday mornings with his show and makes appearances on gospel stages worldwide. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Stellar Awards)

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Get Ready! - No stranger to the game, Bobby Jones continues to brighten up Sunday mornings with his show and makes appearances on gospel stages worldwide. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Stellar Awards)