STRITING and SKILLET are among the artists featured in “The Music of Jesus”, a Lionsgate documentary that explores the rise to success of contemporary Christian music (CCM) and its often overlooked roots. The film tells the untold story of the genre and how “the universal power of the music of these artists shines through in their messages of passion, sacrifice and redemption which inspire millions of dedicated listeners,” according to an official synopsis.
Led by the Erwin Brothers (“I can only imagine”, “I still believe”, “An American outsider”), the film is the definitive love letter to CCM fans and features intimate interviews with the genre’s biggest stars, including Kirk franklin and Lauren Daigle. With stories of hardships and triumphs, the universal power of these artists’ music shines through in their messages of passion, sacrifice and redemption that inspire millions of dedicated listeners.
STRITING said, “We are honored to be a part of this incredible film, alongside many friends and peers, which chronicles the history and impact of Christian music.”
“The Music of Jesus” hits theaters October 1.
In a 2018 interview with the Detroit Free Press, STRITING leader michael sweet said his band had never been fully embraced by the heavy metal and hard rock communities, in large part because of the band’s Christian lyrics. “We have never been accepted by both sides,” he said. “The secular side, the mainstream, they’ve never accepted us to this day. We’re probably that group that everyone is going to go to whenever there is a moment to make fun of. We will be the group used to. Most of the time, now on the Christian side, we’ve never really had the full support of the Christian side because we don’t have a place in their little club.
In various interviews over the years, SKILLET leader John cooper said that he “always had faith in God” and that his mother was a “fanatic of Jesus”. He also said he was ready to put his career on the line to take a stand for Christ.
Last April, Cooper said to “Undaunted.Life: One Man’s Podcast” that it was perfectly acceptable for Christians to play rock music. “I would say that music is not created by the Devil; [it is] created by the Lord, he said. All things were created by God. So instead of thinking that the Devil owns some kind of music, I would say capture that music and submit it again to the Lordship of Christ. “
Cooper recently published his first book, titled “Awake & Alive To Truth”. It “attacks the reigning philosophies of our age of postmodernism, relativism and the popular view of the goodness of man – and combats these views by relying on the absolute truth of the Word of God. “, we read in the description of the book.
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