Trisha Yearwood Stars as Mary in ‘The Passion: New Orleans’

The Passion

Grammy-winning country vocalist Trisha Yearwood will star as Mary, the mother of Jesus, in The Passion: New Orleans, a new modern-day adaptation depicting the life story of Jesus of Nazareth. The 2-hour live musical event airs on Palm Sunday, March 20 on the Fox network at 8 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central. The one-time only special will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry and also stars Seal as Pontius Pilate, Chris Daughtry as Judas, Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ and features Yolanda Adams, Prince Royce and Michael W. Smith.

The show’s companion soundtrack recording features five tracks by Yearwood, including contemporary versions of Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love,” Jewel’s “Hands,” Lifehouse’s “Broken,” Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Yearwood is currently in the midst of a massive world tour with her country superstar husband Garth Brooks. Additionally, Yearwood has published three best-selling cookbooks and hosts her own television series, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, which premiered on the Food Network in 2012 and is currently airing its seventh season.

Listen to “Broken” below:



Daughtry: ‘Break the Spell’

Daughtry seems to be in the midst of a musical identity crisis. Recently, Chris Daughtry proclaimed his band’s latest would sound completely different from its predecessors, but by the album’s second track, you will realize Break the Spell doesn’t live up to that promise. Instead, what you get here is more of the same: radio friendly pop ballads mixed with arena style rockers. This recently released third entry into Daughtry’s discography is not as musically disparate or engaging as 2009’s Leave This Town, which was an appealing blend of rock, pop and country flavors.

Blasting off with the disc’s heaviest and hardest rocking tune “Renegade,” and immediately followed by the paint-by-numbers, pop-rock single “Crawling Back To You, ” expectations are instantly eschewed that an all-out rock assault is about to ensue. Daughtry’s intention to diversify towards authentic rock comes off sounding cliché, and generic. Plagued with trite lyrics scattered throughout, such as “My heart, I wear it on my sleeve,” “Like a moth into a flame,” and “There’s part of you keeping me alive,” this set too often shifts back and forth between overly maudlin and just plain sappy.

With that said, Break the Spell does have some captivating and memorable moments. For example, the Bon Jovi-sounding rocker “Outta My Head,” and power ballad “Crazy,” are among the best of the lot. Also, the mid-tempo “Start of Something Good,” and the solemn “Gone Too Soon,” are worthy examples of Chris Daughtry’s ample songwriting talent, and are easily the album’s strongest offerings.

Regrettably, Break the Spell never fulfills its mission of delivering an unabashed rock effort and genuine nuggets of musical magic are few and far between. Perhaps the band should consider severing ties with long-time producer Howard Benson and pursue other collaborators before its next release, as the spell apparently has been broken.