In the wake of increased racial tensions, an organization in Richmond, VA, steps into the fray with a fresh, bold vision: Raise up and train a new generation of artistic leaders to write a new narrative in the former Capital of the Confederacy. With such a challenging diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences, could this group of young musicians really bring hope for change to America’s most segregated hour?
ABOUT THE FILM
A participant of the 2017 Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship, RaeAnna (professionally known as Rae) is a singer/songwriter from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a graduate of Calvin College. She believes her mission is to use music to inspire people to live a life of freedom in God.
A participant of the 2017 Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship, Marcellus is from Suffolk, VA. He attended college at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Cavalier Marching Band, the premier Charlottesville band, The Willies, and also served on several worship teams and church bands. After completing UDSI, Marcellus moved to Church Hill to become a part of the East End Fellowship community. He teaches English at Church Hill Academy and also plays percussion at EEF and Beautiful Temple Church.
Michael was a participant in the 2017 Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship. He is an experienced composer and piano performer. Michael’s original compositions encompass works in multiple genres, including Classical, New Age, Folk, Electronic/Pop and Indie/Electronic. He received a Masters degree in Composition from North Carolina School of the Arts, and currently works as a composer in residence at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. He is also an independent audio designer for video games, and an established piano teacher who performs frequently in the Winston-Salem community.
Urban Doxology (UD) is a ministry that writes the soundtrack of reconciliation in the racially diverse and gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill, Richmond, Va. UD is a ministry of Arrabon. An “urban doxology” is any liturgy, preaching, or music and arts that crosses boundaries in ethnicity, race, and class that prepares God’s people for the city of God. The band evolved out of the Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship that is a partnership with Arrabon and East End Fellowship (EEF). Most band members are an active part of EEF, a community that endeavors to be a faithful presence seeking God’s joy and justice for their neighborhood out of love for Christ.
A participant of the 2017 Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship, JD is an artist and poet currently residing in Flagstaff, AZ. A recent graduate of Northern Arizona University, he now spends his days enjoying a variety of hobbies and passions. In 2018, he is set to make his literary and musical debut, implementing the skills learned as part of the UDSI class of 2017.
David M. Bailey is the founding director of Arrabon. He is an active national speaker and strategist for organizations concerned with cultural intelligence and culture-making. David was named by Christianity Today as one of “The Twenty Most Creative Christians We Know” and is the executive producer of Urban Doxology. His greatest honor in life is to be married to his wonderful and beautiful wife, Joy.
GET THE SOUNDTRACK
- Come By Here 4:05
- Spirit Pour Out 5:21
- Isaiah 58 3:06
- Purge Me 4:58
- Earth Shall Know 5:20
- Declaration of Dependence Medley 8:48
- Make a Way (God Not Guns) 6:36
- Faithfulness 3:27
- Winning You Over 4:44