The upcoming documentary film “The Jesus Music” takes viewers on a journey through contemporary Christian music over the years, narrated by the biggest names in the genre.
Released Oct. 1, “The Jesus Music” is “the uplifting, untold story” of the roots of the Christian genre to where it is today. The film will feature first-hand accounts from several singers, including Amy Grant, Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac and Lauren Daigle.
“The universal power of these artists’ music shines through in their messages of passion, sacrifice and redemption that inspire millions of devoted listeners,” according to the film’s synopsis.
“The wealth of hope that can land on someone’s mind via rhyme and melody and sound, I don’t understand,” Daigle said in a trailer for the documentary.
Grant added, “A lot of the hymns are ‘close your eyes singing to God, I wanted to sing with my eyes wide open, singing to each other.
The film also shows how the CCM genre originated amid the civil unrest of the 1960s.
“You want to find a loving way to have these conversations,” Franklin said of the time.
Directed by the Erwin Brothers, creators of the hit film “I Can Only Imagine,” the film also gives viewers a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes battles that help propel the genre.
“It was so dramatic in the church,” Franklin adds in the trailer.
The documentary also features commentary from Toby Mac, who divulges details he has never shared before, and Chris Tomlin, who discusses the relationship between God and music. Other artists included: DC Talk, John L. Cooper, for King and Country, CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman.