Pat Boone, Legendary Actor, Singer-Songwriter – GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, His Faith and American History | Episode 61
It was an honor and joy to speak with legendary actor and singer-songwriter Pat Boone. We discuss his role in the new movie God’s Not Dead 2 and Pat gives us a little American history lesson.
Google Pat Boone – be warned, more than 1.9 million results show up! – and a word picture of an astonishing, long lasting, still thriving career in music and entertainment emerges. Singer, actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man, humanitarian, a man unafraid to air his views. A lot of Pat Boones from which to pick and choose.A lot of Pat Boones to go around. Right now, Boone – the #10 all time top recording artist, according to music industry bible, Billboard – is the Lion in Winter, five decades of recording history behind him and a busy future ahead.
Pat runs his own record company, The Gold Label, designed for legendary artists of a certain age and certifiable talent (all with million-selling gold records to their credit). “It’s a senior tour for singers,” he jokes. “But there is a qualification: they have to be able to sell records.” So far Glen Campbell, Jack Jones, Roger Williams, Patti Page, Cleo Laine, Sha Na Na and others (as well as Boone himself) have lived up to the Founder’s Maxim. More than 30 Gold Record albums have been released to date.
He has involved himself in a couple of personal projects: “For My Country,” a musical acknowledgment to the National Guard that Boone wrote himself, and regards as a follow-up to his Pledge of Allegiance pitch, “Under God,” recorded a couple of years ago, which became Boone’s 61st hit record. Tuned to current events, close to Boone’s heart and views, both stirred up debate as well as sales. “It’s not just liberals who can stir things up through recordings,” he says.
An updated pictorial autobiography, “Pat Boone’s America 50 Years” has joined the line of more than a dozen autobiographical and motivational books. He became a book author for the first time, writing the still-in-print “Twixt Twelve And Twenty,” in 1958 as a Teen Idol, himself barely out of his own teens. His newest book venture, co-written with Cord Cooper, is “Questions About God And the Answers That Could Change Your life“. This book addresses one of today’s hottest topics, and is packed with facts that will challenge readers’ thinking.
God’s Not Dead 2 premiered on April 1st, 2016
When a Christian teacher is asked an honest question about Jesus in her public-school classroom, her reasoned response lands her in big trouble—almost before she finishes giving her answer.
This is the thought-provoking setting for GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, the new movie from Pure Flix. This inspiring drama examines the high cost of taking a stand for God in today’s public square and advances many of the themes from the award-winning 2014 megahit GOD’S NOT DEAD with a cast of new and returning characters.
Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) helps students understand and enjoy history at Dr. Martin Luther King High School in Little Rock, Ark. Her love of teaching, her dedication to her students her students and her passion for truth all come from the same place: her dedication to Christ.
But her faith comes under attack when Brooke Thawley (Hayley Orrantia), a hurting student grieving the death of her brother, begins reading her late brother’s Bible and asks Grace about the similarities between Jesus’ teachings and those of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King. When Grace explains that what Jesus taught was an inspiration for King’s nonviolent activism, her principal (Robin Givens) is informed, and school district officials demand Grace apologize for violating the “separation of church and state.” But Grace, with the emotional and spiritual support of her grandfather (Pat Boone), refuses to admit wrongdoing, saying she would rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God. Enter a lawyer (Ray Wise) for a zealous civil liberties group with no love for Christians, who convinces Brooke’s parents to sue Grace in a landmark case designed to prove, once and for all, not only that God is dead, but that Jesus never lived.
Grace fights for her rights and her livelihood with the help of her union-appointed attorney, Tom Endler (Jesse Metcalfe), who must employ some unusual tactics in his efforts to convince the jury of Grace’s innocence and prevent God’s name from being banned from the public square.