The filmmakers who directed the faith-based hits I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe will release their first major theatrical documentary Oct. 1 with a groundbreaking film about the history of contemporary Christian music.
The Jesus Music (PG-13), co-directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, follows the birth of contemporary Christian music in the 1960s and 1970s and its growth in the 1980s and 1990s up to the modern day. It includes interviews with dozens of artists, including TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, Lauren Daigle, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Skillet’s John Cooper, Chris Tomlin, Eddie DeGarmo, Michael Tait, LeCrae, Mandisa and Bill Gaither.
It will be released in theaters Friday, Oct. 1. A companion book, The Jesus Music: A Visual Story of Redemption as Told by Those Who Lived It (by Marshall Terrill), also is being released.
The Erwins made the film during the COVID-19 pandemic when musicians were at home and unable to tour.
Although it is their first major theatrical documentary, the Erwins have made multiple live-action dramas, including I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe, each of which opened in the Top 3 at the box office.
The Jesus Music is rated PG-13 for some drug material and thematic elements.