John Berry, Jenny Slate Lee, Plumb and CeCe Winans pose at a red carpet premiere Monday of “Beautifully Broken” in Franklin.//Photo: Rick Diamond Getty Images for “Beautifully Broken”
Hendersonville’s Jenny Slate Lee is the writer of the title track of the film Beautifully Broken, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 24, including Regal Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville and NCG Cinemas in Gallatin.
In 2014, Lee helped lead worship at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church for a community showing of a documentary based on a true story about two Nashville families.
The praise band decided to throw Lee’s newest song, Beautifully Broken, in the setlist even though it was brand new. The families of the documentary were in the audience, and Randy Hartley, the father in the documentary, asked Lee if she would be willing to let the song be used in the future major motion picture. Film writers and film producers agreed that it was meant for the film, and it became the title of the film soon after.
One song, Four Genres
Producer Chuck Howard, who had stepped from the music business into the film industry, had big ideas for the song and spreading its message as well as awareness of the film. They approached Plumb, and she collaborated on the song for its finishing touches. The song has become the title of her newest album and tour, as well as her first radio single from the album. Grammy award-winning country music legend, John Berry signed on to record the song for the country music audience. Soon after, Grammy award-winning gospel music legend, CeCe Winans recorded another powerful and cinematic version of the song. Emily Hahn, who stars in the film, released the Spanish pop version for the film.
Berry’s recording of the title track for the movie has been #1 on the Christian Music Weekly Chart for 5 weeks and in the top ten since charting 23 weeks ago. “Beautifully Broken” is currently at #34 on the MusicRow Country Charts and continues to rise, breaking a 22-year stretch for charting a single on radio. The song was also added to Spotify’s New Traditions: Country Heroes Playlist.
About Beautifully Broken Movie
The film is about a refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret that converge in what is a true story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
In 1994, the Mwizerwa family lived through the horrific genocide in Rwanda where nearly one million people were killed in just one hundred days – including their parents and most members of their extended families. By the grace of God, William’s family (his wife, Ebralie, and their four children) survived the massacre. Running from their home without taking anything, they made a dangerous journey to Nairobi, Kenya. William came to the United States in May of 1998 and became very active at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
More information and promotion material are available at www.beautifullybrokenmovie.com.
About Jenny Slate Lee
Jenny Slate Lee was born and raised in Nashville. She ran the halls of her parent’s award-winning music publishing and management companies as a child. She watched as the careers of Joe Diffie, Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon, and many more were cultivated.
Standing by her Dad’s side as he produced chart-topping singles, Lee quickly learned the process of crafting a hit song. At the tender age of 7, she began her journey in writing. By 17, she signed her first publishing deal and was off traveling the world singing in multiple touring shows by 18.
She has appeared on the CBS morning show, The Early Show, Crook and Chase, GAC, CMT, and TNN. She has worked alongside many award-winning artists including Gene Simmons, Stephen Baldwin, Mark Burnett, Arsenio Hall, Hank Williams Jr. and Gretchen Wilson. Lee is one of the rare few to have received a perfect score on the hit show “Star Search.”
Lee leads worship with the So:Loved Experience which released two singles in 2017. She is also in the praise band at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church.