Country singer LeAnn Rimes, pop group 98 Degrees and rockers Hootie and the Blowfish are among the artists from the worlds of country, Christian, classical and Latin music who appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming CBS miniseries "Jesus."
Country chart-topping group Lonestar cut "Love Can Change Your Mind" (RealAudio excerpt) for the joint Sparrow/Capitol Records album to be released March 28th.
"Sparrow Records approached us and brought us this great song," Lonestar lead singer Richie McDonald said. "It's great to be part of such a positive project that will touch millions of people."
The first cut on the album, "I Need You" (RealAudio excerpt), comes from fellow country singer LeAnn Rimes. With Christian heavyweight Sparrow Records involved, the album also includes dc Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman and Latin crossover Jaci Velasquez.
There is also a strong pop-contingency offering, with cuts by Edwin McCain as well as 98 Degrees and Hootie and the Blowfish, who have both cut country material. Classical chanteuse Sarah Brightman's "Pie Jesu" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Jesus Theme" by composer Patrick Williams ("Shake, Rattle & Roll," "Best Little Whorehouse In Texas") will be included on both the main soundtrack and a separate Angel Records release of the score.
"Jesus" will air on CBS during May sweeps week. Directed by Roger Young ("Lou Grant," "Magnum, P.I."), the epic miniseries includes a seasoned cast of critically acclaimed actors: Gary Oldman ("Dracula"), Debra Messing ("Will & Grace"), Jacqueline Bisset ("Joan of Arc"), Armin Mueller-Stahl ("Shine"), David O'Hara ("Braveheart") and Jeremy Sisto ("Clueless").
Rimes joined Sisto and Bisset at a papal reception in Rome following a press screening of the series. Pope John Paul II expressed his gratitude to filmmakers who choose religious material. "My strongest hope is that such films will contribute to give the men of our times a better knowledge of the revealed message, by giving a satisfactory answer to the questions and doubts they have in their hearts," he said.