Relativity Music Group is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack for Golden-Globe® nominee Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, featuring the original song and lead track "The Keeper," written and performed by Grammy®-award winning musician Chris Cornell and co-produced by Alain Johannes (Great Expectations) and Chris Cornell. Machine Gun Preacher stars Gerard Butler and is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to help the children of East Africa.
"The Keeper" will premiere on Chris Cornell's website (CLICK HERE) today giving fans the chance to "Donate to Download" to Sam Childers' Angels of East Africa charity for the first 24 hours; the charity is dedicated to the rescue, restoration and enablement of children caught in the crossfire of the Lord's Resistance Army - a rebel military group in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. On Tuesday, August 30th the song will be available for sale on iTunes®.
Marc Forster said, "We were thrilled when Chris Cornell wrote this beautiful and heartfelt song for us. The first time I heard 'The Keeper,' I immediately saw it in the movie. Chris Cornell was able to articulate the essence of Sam's story."
The Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack features 15 score cues performed and composed by acclaimed musical group Asche & Spencer (Monster's Ball) and accompanied by a 60-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The symphony was recorded in a historic facility outside Vienna Austria in the town of Bratislava. Vladimir Martinka conducted the session which was orchestrated by Sean McMahon & David Shephard.
The soundtrack will be available both physically at music retail stores and digitally at iTunes® on Tuesday, September 20th. On the physical version of the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack, "The Keeper" will appear in two forms featuring an extended version of the song as it appears in the film. On the iTunes® version of the soundtrack, the original demo of "The Keeper" will be featured as a bonus track.
Machine Gun Preacher will be released by Relativity Media in New York and Los Angeles on September 23rd and will expand markets in the weeks to follow.