Multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY and Dove Awards winning band Jars of Clay finds further success in the film industry. With songs already featured in numerous films and television sitcoms, band member Dan Haseltine has co-composed original music and is currently producing the soundtrack for the debut film from Jenkins Entertainment, Hometown Legend. The film’s soundtrack will also boast two Jars of Clay songs from the band’s current, critically acclaimed and RIAA-certified Gold-selling recording, If I Left the Zoo. A major distribution agreement for both the film and its soundtrack is scheduled to be announced shortly.
Jenkins Entertainment was formed last year by best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins (Left Behind series) and his son Dallas Jenkins. Their first movie, Hometown Legend, was directed by James Anderson and stars Lacey Chabert (TV’s hit Party of Five), Terry O’Quinn (The Cutting Edge, X-Files), Kirk Woller (A.I., Minority Report), and newcomer Nick Cornish.
Producer of the film, Dallas Jenkins, comments on Jars of Clay’s involvement: “I’ve been a huge fan of Jars of Clay for years, and it’s long been a dream of mine to work with Dan Haseltine on a project. The score, as well as the songs he put together, are even better than we hoped for.”
The Jars of Clay songs featured in Hometown Legend include the No. 1 radio hits, “I’m Alright” and “Collide,” from If I Left the Zoo.
Hometown Legend tells the story of a small Alabama town’s high school football team in the last year of the school’s existence. The once-proud town hasn’t been the same since a tragedy in the state football game 12 years ago, and county cutbacks are forcing the school to close. But a legendary coach, a feisty student, and a mysterious drifter help bring the team back to glory-and pride and tradition back to the town.
An exclusive screening of the film was held at The Tabernacle (Atlanta) during the recent CBA International Convention. Pictured in the “Jars-Hometown Legend” attachment at The Tabernacle as Jerry B. Jenkins autographs his novel, Hometown Legend (Warner Books), (l-r) are: Rendy Lovelady, Rendy Lovelady Management; Charlie Lowell, Matt Odmark and Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay; Dallas Jenkins; James Anderson; Jerry B. Jenkins (seated); and Bill Anderson, CBA president.
In addition to Hometown Legend, other Jars of Clay compositions have been featured in such major studio film release soundtracks as The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Rain, Jack Frost, The Chamber, and The Prince of Egypt. The group’s music has further appeared in several television series, including “Providence” (NBC) and “One Life To Live” (ABC).
Jars of Clay is best known for its hugely successful radio single, “Flood,” from its 1995 self-titled and RIAA-certified double-platinum debut. The band’s follow-up platinum-selling recording, Much Afraid, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 album sales chart and received a Grammy Award for “Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year.” With its latest release, If I Left the Zoo, Jars of Clay has repeated its Grammy win this year and has surpassed sales of 5 million units. The album also helped band member Matt Odmark win “Best Acoustic Guitarist Male” during the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Awards. In addition, the band has racked up thirteen No. 1 radio singles in just six years.
Additional information on Jars of Clay can be found at www.essentialrecords.com and www.jarsofclay.com. More information on Hometown Legend can be found atHometownLegend.
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