• Thomas Bonifield

October Release Date Set & the Trailer Debuts for "The Jesus Music"

This documentary from the Erwin Brothers tracks the explosive growth of contemporary Christian music by profiling the stars who helped make it happen.

A screenshot from the trailer for "The Jesus Music" documentary. Image: Lionsgate/Kingdom Story Company.

From humble beginnings mere decades ago, modern Christian music has grown into a multi-billion-dollar business with stars who regularly fill sports arenas across America. How did it come to be so? That's the story Christian filmmakers Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin aim to tell in The Jesus Music.


A promotional poster for the film. Image: Lionsgate/Kingdom Story Company.

And they have enlisted a who's-who list from the industry to help them with "the soundtrack of a movement," as promotional material puts it, starting with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. The two stars not only give interviews in the documentary, but also serve as executive producers on the project, which we reported here last month. Other participants include Steven Curtis Chapman, Toby Mac, Mercy Me, Kirk Franklin and Lauren Daigle, to name but a few.


The Erwins - both devout Believers - are the team behind I Can Only Imagine, the hit faith-based biopic about Bart Millard of the aforementioned band Mercy Me. As with that one, they are co-directors of this film.


The Alabama-born brothers are producing it through their Kingdom Story Company together with their partner studio Lionsgate. K-LOVE, the leading national Christian radio network, is also onboard.


The Jesus Music hits theaters nationwide on October 1st. Until then, the trailer below gives a good sense of what you can expect.