When a Grammy Award-winning Christian singer teams up with a reformed drug lord, the results should be pretty interesting- and the new film "I'm in Love With A Church Girl" is no exception.
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Israel Houghton and producer Galley Molina united through Reverence Gospel Media on the new Christian drama, which is coming to theaters this fall.
After meeting over lunch to discuss music for "Church Girl," the unlikely pair became inextricably bonded after sharing their stories and vision for the film.
In addition to writing four songs specifically for the film, Houghton serves as producer and is vice president at RGM.
"I'm in Love with a Church Girl" stars Jeff "JaRule" Atkins, Adrienne Bailon as well as Stephen Baldwin in a real-life story that is close to Molina's heart- he began writing the script as an escape while in prison.
Speaking to The Christian Post, Molina and Houghton discussed their connection as well as their roles in making "Church Girl."
Molina, who has a background in music, first explained his storied history with crime as well as the life-changing realization of God's love, which compelled him to share his life story in "Church Girl."
"They think that once you become saved your life is just peaches and cream," said Molina. "For me, the storm of my life happened after. I gave my life to Christ and then I was indicted, I went to bed on top of the world and I woke up with the world on top of me."
"In one scene, the lead character in the movie is screaming at God, and I've been there," he continued. "I wrote it almost verbatim of what I went through. But I look back, and I see that God was saying, 'You're going to know me enough to get you through that,' and I know He's using me it was all part of His plan, so that fire was all part of the plan."
As for the real life church girl, Molina is now happily married to the woman who changed his life.
"She's probably looking for me right now," he said laughingly.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post