The Legendary Jubilee Singers
Based on Andrew Ward’s critically acclaimed epic “Dark Midnight When I Rise” and captured in the ravishing PBS special Sacrifice and Glory, Steal Away is the true story of Ella Sheppard and The Fisk Jubilee Singers, a sensational choir of young former slaves fighting the KKK’s reign of terror against their schools, not with bullets or bombs but electrifying songs of faith and freedom, the spirituals. Steal Away follows the choir’s titanic rise from the darkness of slavery to the glittering ballrooms and throne rooms of Europe as they conquer the world… and must then conquer their own demons.
One of the most spectacular stories ever known, Steal Away will feature a spectacularly diverse cast, the strongest African-American female lead in cinema history, an electrifying soundtrack by multi-Grammy-winning composer Billy Childs, and a universal message of redemption and hope that will have audiences cheering in their seats.
Queen Victoria was so moved by the heroic choir that she commissioned this life-sized portrait of them in 1874 (above: The Fisk Jubilee Singers with Ella Sheppard at the piano).