Oscar nomineesQueen Latifah (‘Chicago,’‘Hairspray’) and Dolly Parton (‘Transamerica,’‘Steel Magnolias,’‘Nine To Five) star in Alcon Entertainment’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’‘Joyful Noise,’ a funny and inspirational story of music, hope, love and renewal which is due for release January 2012.
The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old.
Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.’s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi Rose’s beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more friction between G.G. and Vi Rose.
If these two strong-willed women can put aside their differences for the good of the people in their town, they—and their choir—may make the most joyful noise of all.
Starring with Latifah and Parton are Keke Palmer (‘Akeelah And The Bee’), Courtney B. Vance (‘Extraordinary Measures’), Jeremy Jordan (Broadway’s ‘Bonnie And Clyde’), and Kris Kristofferson (‘Dolphin Tale’). Rounding out the main cast are Dexter Darden, Angela Grovey, Paul Woolfolk and Jesse L. Martin.
Todd Graff (‘Camp,’‘Bandslam’) directed ‘Joyful Noise’ from his original screenplay. The film is produced by Oscar® nominee Michael Nathanson (‘L.A. Confidential’), Joseph Farrell, Catherine Paura, and Oscar® nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove (‘The Blind Side’). The executive producers are Timothy M. Bourne, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, with Yolanda T. Cochran and Steven P. Wegner serving as co-producers.
The soundtrack to ‘Joyful Noise’ includes these performances, including renditions of memorable songs originally recorded by a wide range of artists: Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Sly & The Family Stone, Usher, and Stevie Wonder. Additionally, the soundtrack boasts recordings of the three original songs Dolly Parton wrote for the film, ‘He’s Everything,’‘Not Enough’ and ‘From Here To The Moon And Back.’
The collection also includes tracks by some of the finest acts in gospel and R&B. Grammy winner Kirk Franklin wrote and takes the vocal reins on his jubilant new song ‘In Love,’ and award winning Gospel vocalist Karen Peck creates harmonic gold on ‘Mighty High.’
Five-time Grammy winner and 10-time Grammy nominee Mervyn Warren (‘Dreamgirls,’‘The Preacher’s Wife,’‘Sister Act 2′) produced and arranged all songs on the ‘Joyful Noise’ soundtrack. Warren has written arrangements for the likes of Quincy Jones, David Foster and Whitney Houston, and was a member of acclaimed a cappella group Take 6. He is also a recipient of a Soul Train Award and has been recognized by the NAACP Image Awards, Dove Awards, and Stellar Awards.
The ‘Joyful Noise’ soundtrack will see its release at both physical and digital retail on January 10, 2012.