Gospel star CeCe Winans’ latest recording, “Beautifully Broken,” premieres on Billboard this morning (Apr. 23). It’s the title song from Big Film Factory’s forthcoming feature film of the same name, due in theaters on Aug. 24. Grammy Award winner Winans is the third singer to perform the song, preceded by Dove Award-winning pop singer Plumb and Grammy-winning country artist John Berry.
Woven around the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation, Beautifully Broken focuses on three fathers fighting to save their families. The film’s cast includes Scott William Winters (TV’s Lethal Weapon), Benjamin Onyango (Inception), Emily Hahn (Toy Story 3) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight). Filmed on location in Port Alfred, South Africa, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beautifully Broken is directed by Eric Welch.
After watching an advance screening of the movie and listening to its title track written by Jenny Slate Lee, Winans says she was moved by both projects’ “powerful message.” Adding that she was honored to record the song, Winans notes, “I know a lot of broken people will be healed through this song and that inspires me.”
Released through Pure Springs Gospel/D3 Music Group, Winans’ version of the song was produced by her son, Alvin Love III, and Warryn Campbell for MyBlock Inc. and co-produced by Rodney Jones Jr. and Clyde Duffie.
D3 Entertainment’s Duffie says the decision to record three versions of the song was the brainchild of Chuck Howard, one of the writers and producers of Beautifully Broken. “The message of this song crosses all genres of music and connects with all people,” explains Duffie. “Targeting a gospel, pop and country audience broadens this song’s reach and message. We want to reach the world through the power of radio and streaming and we don’t want to leave any genre untouched.”
In addition to targeting Christian, gospel, country, Urban AC, urban mainstream and Hot AC radio, Duffie adds that a dance mix of “Beautifully Broken” will also be available.