“The Jesus Music”: a documentary on Christian music released
Earlier this year, contemporary Christian music received the full “rock doc” treatment with the release of “The Jesus Music”, a star-studded documentary directed by The Erwin Brothers (“I Can Only Imagine”).
The film premiered in Nashville last September, but if you missed its theatrical release, it just hit the home video market.
“The Jesus Music” traces the rise of CCM – from its roots in the West Coast “Jesus Movement” of the late 1960s to the establishment of an industrial base in Nashville – with a plethora of interviews and performance.
Amy Grant, Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, members of DC Talk and Lauren Daigle are among dozens of people reflecting on the changes the movement has brought to the landscape.
âA lot of the hymns are, ‘Close your eyes,’ sing to God,â Grant says in the movie.
“I wanted to sing with my eyes wide open – sing to each other.”
The roots of the CCM – and the impact of its early stars – have been explored and celebrated on several occasions in recent years. In 2019, Nashville city officials unveiled a historic marker recognizing the importance of the Koinonia Coffeehouse – a Music Row venue where Grant and others performed and found inspiration.
To learn more about ‘The Jesus Music’ and rental / purchase information, visit www.thejesusmusic.movie