“Grace Unplugged” staring Dove Award winner Jamie Grace will be release in theaters this October. American Idol Season 10 FinalistPia Toscano will also make his debut and there will be an appearance by renowned Christian artist/songwriter and Grammy Award® winner, Chris Tomlin.
The film features a cast that includes AJ Michalka (Super 8, The Lovely Bones), James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”), Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men,), Michael Welch (“Joan of Arcadia”) and Shawnee Smith (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”). Lead actress Michalka is known for both her acting roles and her singing career as half of the duo Aly & AJ, more recently known as 78Violet.
Amanda "AJ" Michalka stars as 18-year-old Christian singer/songwriter Grace Rose Trey, who plays guitar and leads worship with her dad, Johnny (James Denton). Her dad is a former rock star who has left his secular career behind and is now a worship leader at their small-town Alabama church. Grace is restless for her own shot at pop stardom, and seizes on an opportunity to go to L.A., against the wishes of her family. Cutting off contact with her parents, Grace seems prepared to walk away from her Christian faith and music to achieve her Hollywood dream. "Grace Uuplugged" is a modern day prodigal-daughter story and is Rated PG.
Over the next seven months Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will be showing the film to a variety of Christian leaders and youth pastors as part of early outreach plans for the film. In addition, both Capitol Christian Music Group and Lifeway Christian Resources have teamed up to promote a film they feel will strongly appeal to Christian audiences throughout the world.
"Grace Unplugged is the perfect film to showcase the power of music in our culture and the positive impact it can have on lives," said Bill Hearn, CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group in a recent press release. “We’re thrilled to be the music and soundtrack partner with Lionsgate which allows us to offer powerful songs to enhance this incredible story of reconciliation.”