Monday, September 16, 2013

Grace Unplugged Soundtrack and Book review

About the soundtrack:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Grace Unplugged releases August 27 and features the new radio single 'All I've Ever Needed' from AJ Michalka (formerly of Aly & AJ). Based on the story of a teenage girl ready to walk away from her Christian faith and music to pursue her dream of pop stardom, this soundtrack features songs by Christian music's most popular artists including TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Colton Dixon and Jamie Grace. The album is also highlighted by an all new recording of 'Desert Song' from AJ Michalka.
Can be purchased on Amazon 
Mp3 download $9.49
Catalog number001884502
Release DateAug 27, 2013
Recording Time42 minutes
Additional InfoOriginal Soundtrack
Track Listing
1. All I've Ever Needed (AJ Michalka)
2. Desert Song (AJ Michalka)
3. You Never Let Go [feat. James Denton (AJ Michalka)
4. Misunderstood (AJ Michalka)
5. Holding On (Jamie Grace)
6. Our God (Chris Tomlin)
7. Steal My Show (TobyMac)
8. In And Out Of Time (Colton Dixon)
9. The Void (Nine Lashes)
10. The Space Between Us (Shawn McDonald)
11. Welcome To Daylight (Luminate)
12. Amazing Grace (Instrumental) (Josh Wilson)
My Opinion:
Great CD with some wonderful artists Jamie Grace, AJ Michalka, and one of my favorites Toby Mac!  This CD is very contemporary for faith based listeners but I think anyone that likes pop music would enjoy it too. My tween and teen both enjoy it and I even caught them dancing around to some of the songs.  Since I've already seen the movie I know that this track compliments the movie well.  This is a must have soundtrack for my drives into Tulsa 3 times per week.  It just lifts my spirits and makes me smile.  If you'd like to read my review of the Grace Unplugged movie just click on the link.

About the book:

Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men).

Meet the Author:

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

My opinion:

As I'm sure you can tell from my previous posts, I'm a huge Grace Unplugged fan.  I love the movie, soundtrack and of course the novel.  The novel follows the movie very closely, sometimes that doesn't happen and you end up disappointed one way or another.  Now, I'm not going to give you all the details because I absolutely hate spoilers, but just know that this book is about a young lady that decided to follow her dreams.  She tries to make her dreams a reality but there's a cost to pay for not following God's plan for your life.  Along her journey Grace finds that her faith will lead her path in a direction that she only dreamed of but with a twist.  Wonderful book for tweens, teens and parents and a great conversation starter.

Thanks for reading,

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