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Craig's Movie Review: Real Russ Taff - I Still Believe

Authenticity; vulnerability; getting real – buzz words of a cynical culture so accustomed to lies and illusion that the veracity of most people’s stories is mostly doubted and often dismissed. Then the tale of a tortured soul like Russ Taff comes along and jaded people suddenly take notice.

One of the greatest voices of his generation – religious or secular – Russ Taff has won 6 Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards. He has been inducted into Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame an unprecedented three times – for his solo career, for his time with the Imperials, and as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Russ Taff was at the pinnacle of success in Contemporary Christian Music.

But behind the scenes, he struggled after suffering as a child in an abusive household. Despite the career success, inside, things began to crumble. Though he maintained an ongoing faith in God, Russ turned to alcohol to numb the torment he felt inside.

This story is masterfully told in the moving film, ‘I Still Believe’, airing on Inspiration TV On Demand. The film is written and directed by Rick Altizer.


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