Christian film "Alone but not Alone," song heading to the Oscars


AGORA HILLS, Calif. — One of the biggest surprises of this year's Academy award season is the nomination "Alone Yet Not Alone," sung by author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada.

The Academy's nomination of the film for Best Original Song, beating out artists like Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey for the nomination which caused an uproar.

Eareckson Tada recorded the song after being moved by its lyrics and score. The song was composed by includes Emmy-award winner and previous Oscar nominee composer Bruce Broughton and Emmy-winning lyricist Dennis Spiegel.

Broughton's movie credits include "Silverado," "Young Sherlock Holmes," "Lost in Space," "Tombstone," "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Presidio" "The Boy Who Could Fly," "The Rescuers Down Under and Bambi II."

His TV tunes include "JAG," "Quincy" and "How the West Was Won."

The story is based on the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger in 1755, during the French and Indian War. They fled religious persecution in Germany and sought a new life in America.

As tensions heat up in the new territory, Delaware warriors kidnap the two younger daughters. Through their ordeal they never lose hope and "their faith becomes their freedom".

The film's production manager, Kenneth Altman, a Regent University alumnus, recalled when composer Broughton brought to the set.

"We discussed wanting a song that sounded like a hymn that people might have sung in the 18th Century," he said. "Other songs are played over end credits, but in this a character actually sings it," Altman told CBN news.

The movie will be released nationwide on June 13.

Joni Eareckson Tada singing, "Alone Yet Not Alone"