“Amazing Grace” Lost Aretha Franklin Documentary Is Coming To Theaters

August 21, 2015  |  

Gospel music was big in my house. Every Sunday, I knew whether or not my family would be attending church based on the presence or absence of an organ being amplified through the house stereo system. My dad had, and still has, a great mix of gospel music.

And every morning Aretha was in the rotation.

While we know Franklin is the Queen of Soul, many might not realize it was her iconic gospel album Amazing Grace that helped solidify her place on that throne.

Amazing Grace was a live album recorded in 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles and released later that year.

The album went double platinum, selling 2 million copies in the United States alone. Amazing Grace went on to win a Grammy and, today, is still the best selling live gospel album of all time.

While the vocals were being recorded, videographers were also documenting the preparation for the concert and the live even itself.

The documentary was set to be released in 1972, as a part of a double bill with Super Fly. But instead, the Sydney Pollack film sat in the vault for nearly four decades. Eventually, producer Alan Elliott began overseeing efforts to release it.

43 years after it was filmed, Amazing Grace, will be seen publicly for the first time when it comes to theaters.

It will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Take a look at the trailer for the documentary in the video below.

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