The world of gospel music gets the documentary treatment in the new film Rejoice and Shout. Culled from hours of music and featuring rare photographs, audio recordings, unforgettable film and TV performances, filmmaker Don McGlynn takes us inside the genre’s genesis. He charts its spiritual beginnings from early hymns, four-part quartets to the emergence of soul and hip hop in African American Christianity music.
Rejoice and Shout also documents how the genre followed the journey of African Americans from slavery to empowerment through the Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement. Gospel greats Pastor André Crouch, Ira Tucker and Marie Knight, plus legends like Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples, are featured.
Rejoice and Shout opens in New York on June 3 and goes into wider release June 17 in selected cities.