New Documentary Highlights Grammy Winner Russ Taff's Victory over Alcoholism
The Christian singer hid his struggle for decades, but says the healing power of Jesus ultimately helped him break his addiction.
Russ Taff: I Still Believe hits theathers nationwide tonight for a one-day only. Directed by documentary filmmaker Rick Altizer, who has done two films about Christian comedian Chonda Pierce, the film tracks Taff's difficult journey leading a dual life: gospel music star in public and alcoholic in private.
Once dubbed by Billboard Magazine the "most electrifying voice in Christian music," and winner of six Grammy Awards and 18 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, Taff's talent took him to the very heights of the business in the late '70s and '80s. But away from bright lights of success, he struggled with a decades-long battle with alcoholism.
The film delves into both sides of his life, highlighted by the unfailing support of his wife of 42-years, Tori, and Taff's ultimate victory over his addiction through the power of Christ's love and forgiveness. In addition to Russ and Tori, the documentary features appearances from a host of big-name Chrisitian singers, including Amy Grant, Bart Millard of Mercy Me, Michael W. Smith and Michael Tait of the Newsboys.
Russ Taff: I Still Believe is playing in select theaters tonight only, starting at 7:00 PM. You can check this list to find one near you. After the movie, audiences will be able to take in a special performance from Taff and his friend and fellow Grammy-winner, Steven Curtis Chapman, so do check it out if you're able.