Last week I was so honored to be able to attend a special screening of the film, “Grace Unplugged,” which will be officially released in theaters this Friday, October 4th. I was expecting to enjoy the movie and have a good time, but I was not expecting to connect with the story on such a personal level.
I moved out to Los Angeles at age 17 chasing the dream…everything that the world promised would satisfy me and provide me with a fulfilling life. However, I quickly realized that if my heart wasn’t in the right place, and if my dreams weren’t centered around God, it would always leave me feeling empty. This is exactly what happened to the character Grace, played by the beautiful and talented AJ Michalka.
Grace Trey turns 18 in the film, and has grown up singing in the church worship band with her father. She is tired of living under her father’s rules, doing things his way, and living life with God. Grace runs away to Los Angeles and finds herself in the midst of flashing lights and a promising music career as she signs with a record label. Very quickly, she realizes that the city is full of empty promises, lies, and people who didn’t value her for her talent, but simply viewed her as a dollar sign. That is something that I learned and struggled with deeply during my first couple of years living in LA. She is thrown into a world of money, fame, fortune, sex appeal, parties, alcohol, and suddenly feels that something is missing. Shouldn’t she be happy? Doesn’t she “have it all?”
There is a song that Grace writes and sings toward the end of the film, and the lyrics are so powerful. Every young person needs to know this message:
I’ve chased a million things
Bright lights and empty dreams
Now here I am
Right where I thought I wanted to be
I’ll trade it all right now
Leave it all and lay it down
To get back to where I belong
Lord all I’ve ever needed was your love.
This is not your average Christian film. The acting was amazing and the script/story was touching and very realistic.
The music in this film is absolutely phenomenal…truly filled with talent and quality…and it’s super catchy! I have had the songs stuck in my head since I watched the movie last week! Grace Hill Media was kind enough to provide me with a soundtrack from the film to giveaway to my readers here on the blog…and I can tell you, this is a giveaway you really need to enter! The soundtrack is truly wonderful. To get a little sneak peak, watch the video below to hear one of the incredible songs that will be on the soundtrack if you win!
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