MUMBAI: Furthering their recent collaboration on the song Sajna from Couples Retreat, award-winning composer AR Rahman has joined the cast list for feature documentary Son Of A Preacherman alongside gospel favourite Kirk Franklin, American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard and producer Warryn Campbell to name a few.
The film chronicles the life and times of – Grammy, Stellar and Dove winning singer, writer, producer PJ Morton whose credits include India Arie, Musiq Soulchild, Mary Mary & Monica.
The documentary delves into his relationship with his Christian father Bishop Paul Morton, family & the church whilst writing songs for mainstream artists.
“It’s never easy when your child comes home and says “This is what I want to do” yet alone when you’re a pastor and your child comes home saying I want to work in the secular market making music with hip hop mogul Jermaine Dupri,” says executive producer & British director Michael Akwesi
Djaba whose credits include directing music videos for Mobb Deep & Estelle and executive producing the 12 part TV series World B Boy Championship hosted by LL Cool J.
Discussions are underway with music marketing industry veteran Demmette Guidry for a limited cross platform theatrical release in select cities across North America to coincide with release of PJ’s album Walk Alone in February 2010. Demmette is best known for starting and guiding the careers of Mary Mary, Alicia Keys, The Fugees and many more during his tenure as senior vice president at Warner & Columbia records.
“A lot of people have pre-conceptions about preachers kids, the CNN piece on PJ “why can’t he sing about love” just scratched the surface so the documentary will shed a much needed light on the topic whilst introducing PJ to a whole new audience,” says Demmette Guidry.
“The stellar cast line up and production team confirm our belief and support of Michaels vision from script stage with a story which falls in line with our mission and values to be part of smart and inspirational documentaries,” says OHTV director Patrick Campbell Creative.
Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Atlanta, LA & UK… With a diverse & star studded cast Son of a preacher man is a must see. The documentary will be followed by a DVD which includes an exclusive performance in Atlanta of PJ and his live band.