The Passion, airing this Sunday, March 20th at 8/7c on FOX, will include some of today’s biggest stars telling the story of Jesus Christ’s last hours on earth through popular music. Singer, author and actress Trisha Yearwood will be portraying Mary during the two-hour live musical event set in New Orleans. We sat down with Trisha to learn a bit more about her relationship to the project, and what viewers can expect as the story unfolds live in front of their eyes. Stream the event live on Sunday, March 20th at 8/7c on FOX.
Tell us how you have been preparing to play the role of Mary?
I’m just really trying to take the “me” out of it. I’m trying not to think about how Trisha Yearwood will sound singing these songs, but instead about how my role in this production can really help get the message across—the themes of struggle, persecution, hope, redemption, love… mostly love.
The Passion will feature pop music performed live. Can you tell us about any of the songs that will be featured?
So many pop artists’ songs are being covered, everybody from Whitney Houston to Tina Turner. I can’t wait to hear it all!
The Passion will be set in modern-day New Orleans. How does the city itself play into the show?
I think NOLA is the perfect backdrop for this story. We’ve all seen New Orleans struggle, get knocked down, get back up. We’ve seen despair, hope and love. It’s the perfect setting to tell the story of the last days of Christ.
The story of The Passion is inspirational to billions worldwide. Who in your life has personally inspired you?
I grew up in the Methodist church, so I’ve been hearing this story my whole life, and I believe in it. I wake up every morning and turn my day over to God, so He’s my ultimate inspiration. My parents, though they’re both gone, continue to inspire me to be a better person. I draw from their strength daily.
Of all of the amazing music you have made over the years, which album or song is near and dear to your heart?
It’s really impossible to pick a favorite, but I’m almost always most excited about what I’m currently doing, and this is no exception. Recording the music for the soundtrack of The Passion: New Orleans was challenging and fun. I’m very proud of the way the songs turned out. I’m most excited about the cover I did of Lifehouse’s song “Broken.” It has such emotional lyrics, and set in this story it becomes even more powerful.