Days ago, the o cial website for Christian artist David Hodges noted that the planned multi-artist “Music Inspired by The Passion of the Christ” had been cancelled. Thankfully, that notice has been changed, but only to to say “the status of the album is still unknown.” The sentence after it (“However even if the CD is finally scrapped, the song will still be included on the Trading Yesterday CD!”) still leaves much uncertainty as to the album’s status.
Earlier tonight, Little Rock, AR-based TV station KATV broadcasted a new interview with David Hodges and fellow former Evanescence co-founder Ben Moody. Hodges and Moody worked together on the song “Only Human, Only God,” which is the song slated for the Passion’s multi-artist soundtrack. When asked about their involvement with “The Passion of the Christ,” Ben Moody told the station, “They were toying with the idea of doing a Songs Inspired By and they said if you want to write something, please do, because we’d love to have you be a part [of the production]. As a skeptic, I was very curious as to what Mel Gibson’s intentions were… I was wanting to know where he came from. But he came out and talked to us for about an hour and I really felt that he was genuine in what he was doing.” Neither Hodges nor Moody gave any indication to the soundtrack’s status. (Big thanks to Brad for the heads-up on this piece.)
In more surprising related news, MTV revealed last week that Creed singer Scott Stapp has written not one but four songs for “The Passion of the Christ’s” multi-artist soundtrack. However, as of last week, Stapp was still in negotiations with his label to hand over the rights of at least one track to Gibson. This news might suggest that the album is still forthcoming, but will only appear later than we anticipated — but that is only our speculation.
We’ll have more on the “Music Inspired by The Passion of the Christ” album as it happens.
Partial Sources: David Hodges O cial Site, MTV.com