Christian Artists Create 'Inspired By' Soundtrack for Slave Abolition Film

Top Contemporary Christian musicians will record modern day versions of hymns for the soundtrack of "Amazing Grace," a Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions/Bristol Bay Productions film.

The "Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace" soundtrack will be released January 23, 2007, to both the general market and CBA stores in the U.S.

"Amazing Grace," opening in theatres February 2007, stars Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) as William Wilberforce – the man who championed the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

Elected to Parliament at age 21, Wilberforce led a diverse coalition of believers in a decades-long struggle to end the lucrative but dehumanizing slave trade. Wilberforce was aided by slave trader-turned abolitionist the Rev. John Newton (Albert Finney) and by his spirited wife and political compatriot Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai).

To this day, he is an inspiration to millions.