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Studio 5: Worth Smiling

Singer Anthony Brown shares the story behind his mega hit song “Worth.” Comedian Rickey Smiley gets real with his life as a single father of five. And Studio 5 goes behind the scenes, as the Bible comes alive at Sight & Sound Theaters. Read Transcript


Efrem: SECONDS AWAY

ON "STUDIO 5"...

*

Efrem: FRESH FROM HIS

MULTIPLE BILLBOARD WIN,

ANTHONY BROWN IS IN

"STUDIO 5," LOOKING TO THE

FUTURE.

I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE

YOU TO ANOTHER PLACE.

Efrem: AND THEN

COMEDIAN RICKY SMILEY HAS

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE

UNSCRIPTED NEW SEASON OF

HIS HIT REALITY SHOW.

PLUS, BRINGING THE BIBLE

TO LIFE ON THE BIG 6

STAGE.

"STUDIO 5" STARTS NOW.

*

* YOUR PRESENCE IN WATER

* COME NEAR ME

* AND FILL ME

* FOREVER

Efrem: "YOUR PRESENCE

IS WATER, THAT'S THE

BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF ANTHONY

BROWN AND GROUP THERAPY.

THE GROUP MADE A CLEAN

SWEEP AT THIS YEAR'S

STELLER GOSPEL MUSIC

AWARDS WITH 10 TROPHIES,

AND THEY LANDED BILLBOARD

WINS AND GRAMMY

NOMINATIONS.

WE'RE SITTING DOWN WITH

ANTHONY BROWN IN A MOMENT.

WELCOME TO "STUDIO 5."

WE'VE GOT ANTHONY BROWN

AND RICKY SMILEY WITH US

TODAY FIRST.

FIRST, LET'S LOOK AT

TODAY'S TOP FIVE FROM

"STUDIO 5":

AT NUMBER FIVE, TIM TEE

BOW IS WRITING A BOOK.

SHAKEN, DISCOVERING YOU'RE

TRUE IDENTITY IN THE MIDST

OF LIFE'S STORM IS ABOUT

KEEPING YOUR FAITH DURING

SEASONS OF DISAPPOINTMENT.

IT IS DUE OUT IN THE FALL,

AND INCLUDES AN OPINION

BIBLE STUDY.

ANOTHER FORMER NFL STAR

HAS THIS WEEK'S NUMBER

FOUR SPOT.

I'M GOING TO PAR DOWN.

Efrem: TERRY CRUZ

WILL HOST THE FIRST

REALITY SHOW ON NETFLIX IN

THE U.S.

AND SYLVESTER STALLONE

WILL PRODUCE IT.

IT WILL HAVE GRUELING

OBSTACLE COURSES.

AT NUMBER THREE: A LETTER

FROM BOB DYLAN.

*

Efrem: THE

HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE

MUSIC LEGEND IS UP FOR

AUCTION, AND IN IT, DYLAN

REFERS TO THE SPIRIT OF

THE LORD, QUOTES

SCRIPTURE, AND REFERENCES

HIS FAITH.

*

Efrem: AND NOW TO

NUMBER TWO...

HERE IS EMMY AND

GRAMMY-WINNER...

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: COMEDIAN LOUIE

C. KAY WINS JEOPARDY AND

DONATES TO A CHARITY.

YOUR CHART IS GOING TO

GET $15,000.

Efrem: IT IS AN ALL

VOLUNTEER FOUNDATION

DEDICATED TO HELPING.

AND FINALLY, NUMBER ONE...

WE CALL THIS MESSAGE

TONIGHT, OCCUPY ALL

STREETS.

Efrem: THE PASTOR OF

HILL SONG NEW YORK SITS

DOWN WITH OPRAH FOR

SUPERSTAR SUNDAY.

ROB BELL AND MI MAYA ANGELOU

ALSO WAS ON THE SHOW.

HE SAID, SHE WOKE UP EACH

DAY AND THANKED JESUS.

THERE WAS NOT A PERSON

ON EARTH THAT WHEN JESUS

WAS WALKING THE EARTH, HE

DID NOT MINISTER TO AND

IMPACT.

Efrem: ANTHONY BROWN

SCORED THIS YEAR'S AWARD

FOR MALE VOCALIST OF THE

YEAR.

AND HIS GROUP, GROUP

THERAPY, EARNED SONG OF

THE YEAR AND ARTIST OF THE

YEAR.

THE BALTIMORE NATIVE IS

ENJOYING HIS LATEST

SUCCESS, BUT THIS ISN'T

THE DREAM HE HAD FOR

HIMSELF.

HE IS SITTING DOWN WITH US

FOR HIS WEEK'S "STUDIO 5"

INTERVIEW.

ANTHONY BROWN AND GROUP

THERAPY ARE THE VOICES

BEHIND THIS CHART-TOPPING

TUNE.

IT IS SIMPLY CALLED

"WORTH."

* I'M WORTH MORE

Efrem: YOUR MUSIC,

THE SONG "WORTH" HAS BEEN

NUMBER ONE.

IT HAS FOR A COUPLE OF

WEEKS.

I WAS SHOCKED.

IT WAS ACTUALLY MY FIRST

NUMBER ONE.

Efrem: REALLY?

YEAH.

AND IT WAS GREAT IT WENT

TO NUMBER ONE.

MY RADIO CALLED ME AND

SAID IT WAS NUMBER ONE,

AND I WAS, LIKE, YOU'VE

GOT TO BE KIDDING.

AND IT HAS BEEN THERE FOR

A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

Efrem: NICE.

TELL US ABOUT THE SONG.

WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND

IT?

THE SONG IS SO SIMPLE.

I THINK WHEN I WROTE IT, I

NEVER THOUGHT, BECAUSE IT

IS SUCH A SIMPLE SONG,

THAT IT WOULD GO AND

TRANSLATE SO FAR.

I WROTE IT IN COMMUNION

SERVICE AT MY CHURCH.

I WAS LITERALLY SITTING IN

COMMUNION AT FIRST BAPTIST

CHURCH, AND PASTOR JENKINS

WAS TALKING, AND WE WERE

DOING COMMUNION, AND I

STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE

WHOLE CONCEPT THAT JESUS,

THE SON OF GOD, DIED FOR

MY SINS.

HE THOUGHT I WAS WORTH

THAT.

AND I TOOK OUT MY iPAD

AND I STARTED WRITING AND

TYPING.

HE THOUGHT I WAS WORTH

SAVING.

LITERALLY, FOUR LINES CAME

OUT, AND THAT WAS IT.

I SUNG IT AT MY CHURCH

ABOUT A MONTH LATER, JUST

TO TEST IT OUT, AND THE

RESPONSE WAS SO

OVERWHELMING, I JUST KNEW.

I THOUGHT IT WAS SO SIMPLE

AND MINISCULE, BUT

OBVIOUSLY, IT RESONATED

WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE.

Efrem: I LOVE THE

SONG AS WELL.

WHAT HAVE PEOPLE BEEN

SAYING TO YOU ABOUT IT?

I GET A LOT OF E-MAILS

THAT REALLY TOUCH MY

HEART.

I'M TALKING ABOUT THIS

VERY RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE

IT DOES CREATE EMOTION IN

ME.

BUT TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE

PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO

STRUGGLE WITH THEIR

IDENTITY, THEY STRUGGLE

WITH KNOWING THAT THEY'RE

WORTH ANYTHING.

AND SOCIETY MAKES PEOPLE

FEEL LIKE THEY CAN NEVER

LIVE UP TO A CERTAIN

STANDARD OR BECOME

WHATEVER THAT STANDARD IS.

AND TO HEAR THAT SONG,

THOSE WORDS, ARE

RESONATING WITH PEOPLE,

AND THEY KNOW I'M WORTH

SOMETHING, AND GOD CREATED

ME FOR A PURPOSE -- IT HAS

RESONATED AT MY CHURCH.

AND TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS

GONE SO FAR AWAY, OUT OF

THIS COUNTRY AND ACROSS

THE WORLD, BLOWS MY MIND.

Efrem: THIS MAY BE

HIS FIRST NUMBER ONE

SINGLE, BUT THE BALTIMORE

NATIVE AND

CLASSICALLY-TRAINED

PIANIST ISN'T NEW TO THIS.

I GREW UP A PASTOR'S

CHILD.

I TOOK MY FIRST MINISTER

OF MUSIC JOB WHEN I WAS

12, TEACHING A BUNCH OF

ADULTS.

Efrem: DID YOU SAY AT

12?

AT 12.

I'M UP THERE ON THE PIANO

TEACHING A BUNCH OF

ADULTS, AND THEY WERE,

LIKE, WHO IS THIS KID?

I SAW MYSELF DOING DISNEY.

[LAUGHTER]

LORD, I'M GOING TO TAKE

YOU AND ME AND WE'RE GOING

TO GO OVER TO DISNEY AND

WE'RE GOING TO DO "LION

KING."

AND I SAW THE CHARACTERS

IN THE SONGS, AND THAT'S

MY STYLE.

I LOVE IT.

IT WASN'T THIS.

I DEFINITELY THOUGHT OF

MYSELF MORE BROADWAY AND

DISNEY.

BUT, YOU KNOW, GOD HAD A

PLAN.

Efrem: HOW DID THE

PATH BEGIN THIS WAY?

YOU WERE THINKING

BROADWAY, AND HOW DID THE

PATH PUSH YOU HERE?

I'M A SERVANT BY

NATURE.

AND THERE ARE ARTISTS I

LOVE, AND THERE IS THIS

LADY WHO IS, LIKE, MY MOM,

MY HEART.

AND SHE SUNG A PROJECT,

AND I TOLD HER, I WROTE A

SONG I WANT YOU TO HEAR.

SHE WAS GOING TO BE IN

CONCERT, AND I REALLY

WANTED TO GO.

AND I SAID, I HAVE A SONG

I WANT YOU TO HEAR.

I'M DRIVING WITH HER, AND

I START SINGING,.

* I KNOW THE ODDS LOOKED

STACKED AGAINST YOU, AND

IT SEEMS THERE IS NO WAY

OUT *

AND I'M SINGING THE

SONG, AND SHE STARTS

CRYING.

*

Efrem: THE SONG ROSE

TO NUMBER ONE FOR MORRET

BROWN CLARK.

AND ANTHONY WOULD WRITE

HITS FOR DONNIE MCCLURKIN,

STEVEN HERD, AND LASHON

MITCHELL, WHO ACTUALLY

ENCOURAGED BROWN TO RECORD

HIS FIRST PROJECT,

"TESTIMONY."

*

I SENT LASHON

"TESTIMONY" WHEN I

FINISHED RECORDING IT.

HE CALLED ME IMMEDIATELY

AND HE SAID, YOU CANNOT

RELEASE THAT SONG TO

CHURCH.

HE SAID, NO, THAT SONG IS

TO BE HEARD BY WAY MORE

PEOPLE THAN YOU HAVE

ACCESS TO.

I SAID, LASHON, I'VE TRIED

THAT.

AND HE SAID, WHAT IF I CAN

FIND A SITUATION FOR YOU

THAT YOU REALLY LIKE?

AND I SAID, OKAY.

AND THAT NIGHT HE CALLED

ME WITH WHO IS NOW MY

LABEL, AND TWO WEEKS

LATER, I SIGNED A DEAL.

Efrem: AND THAT WAS

THE PUBLIC BIRTH THAT THE

GROUP NOW KNOWS AS

"ANTHONY BROWN AND GROUP

THERAPY."

AND NOW, THE GROUP BEHIND

YOUR VOICE, "GROUP

THERAPY," THE A.P. STANDS

FOR SOMETHING?

THE A.P. IS ALWAYS

CAPITALIZED IN "GROUP

THERAPY."

IT WAS, LIKE, I WAS IN A

PRACTICE ROOM ONE DAY,

PLAYING SOME SONGS, AND I

WAS, LIKE, HERE, COME

HERE, SING THIS SONG.

THAT'S HOW IT STARTED,

YOU, YOU, AND YOU, COME

HERE AND SING THIS SONG.

WE NEVER SIGNED ANY

CONTRACTS.

THEY ARE LITERALLY MY

FAMILY.

WHEN I MOVED TO

CALIFORNIA, THEY MOVED TO

CALIFORNIA.

NOBODY KNOWS THIS.

BUT I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA,

AND THEY ALL QUIT THEIR

JOBS AND MOVED TO

CALIFORNIA WITH ME, AND

MOVED INTO MY ONE-BEDROOM

APARTMENT.

ALL OF THE GUYS ARE IN THE

LIVING ROOM, AND ALL OF

THE GIRLS ARE IN THE

BEDROOM.

THAT'S WHERE THE CLOSENESS

OF "GROUP THERAPY" COMES

FROM BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN ON

ONE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

AND BACK AGAIN.

Efrem: SO WHAT CAN WE

EXPECT NEXT?

YOU NEVER KNOW.

I HAVE BIG DREAMS, AND

DOING MUSIC IS ONE OF

THOSE THINGS.

BUT I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE

MUSIC TO ANOTHER PLACE.

IN MY MIND, I WANT TO FEEL

SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL GOING

WITH GOSPEL.

I SEE IT BEING ON THE

STAGE AND BEING THEATRICAL

AND PERFORMANCE-DRIVEN.

AND IT WILL OPEN IT UP TO

SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WHO

WILL NEVER STEP FOOT IN A

CHURCH.

IF I HAD MY WAY NEXT YEAR,

I'LL BE DOING SOMETHING

LIKE THAT.

Efrem: THIS PAST

WEEKEND, BROWN TOOK HOME

THREE AWARDS: TOP GOSPEL

ARTIST, TOP GOSPEL ALBUM,

AND TOP GOSPEL SONG FOR

"WORTH."

> NEXT ON "STUDIO

5"...THROW AWAY THE

SCRIPT, WE'RE GETTING REAL

WITH COMEDIAN AND TALK

SHOW HOST RICKY SMILEY.

NOW, HIS AGREEMENT WITH

BRANDON WAS, I'M GOING TO

BAIL YOU OUT, BUT YOU HAVE

TO CALL AND EXPLAIN ALL OF

THIS TO YOUR FATHER.

AND BRANDON HAS NOT CALLED

ME, OR SAID ANYTHING TO

ME.

I'M CURIOUS, SO YOU GO

TO JAIL AND YOU DON'T CALL

YOUR DAD, OR YOU DON'T

WANT HIM TO KNOW YOU'RE IN

JAIL?

UH-UH.

WHY IS THAT?

BECAUSE HE TOLD ME NOT

TO GO TO JAIL.

I DON'T GET GROWN MEN

OUT OF JAIL.

Efrem: JOINING ME NOW

IS THE MAN AT THE CENTER

OF THE SHOW, ACTOR,

COMEDIAN, AND TALK SHOW

HOST, RICKY SMILEY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

HEY, EFREM, HOW YOU

DOING?

Efrem: I'M DOING VERY

WELL.

EVEN BETTER BECAUSE I'M

TALKING TO YOU.

ON YOUR SHOW, YOU WERE

HAVE OPEN ABOUT YOUR

FAMILY.

DO YOU REGRET ANY OF THAT

OPENNESS?

OH, NO, NO, NOT AT ALL.

A LOT OF STUFF GOES ON IN

A SINGLE-PARENT HOME, AND

YOU HAVE TO HAVE THESE

CONVERSATIONS BECAUSE IT

IS REAL.

Efrem: YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT FIVE KIDS, SOME BY

ADOPTION.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF

HAVING THIS BLENDED

FAMILY?

NOT AT ALL.

YOU PUT KIDS UNDER THE

SAME ROOF, THEY EAT AT THE

TABLE TOGETHER, AND THEY

BOND INSTANTLY.

SO I -- SO THERE WAS NO

CHALLENGES THERE.

WE TALK ABOUT IT ON THE

DOCUSERIES, AND WE HAVE

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT

GETTING THE LAST NAME

CHANGED AND GOING THROUGH

THE COURT PROCEEDINGS, YOU

KNOW, FOR ALL OF THAT.

SO IT ADDRESSES

EVERYTHING.

WE'RE GOING TO SWIM

WITH SHARKS TODAY.

[YELLING]

BLACK FOLKS DON'T DO

SHARKS.

THAT'S SOME STUFF YOU SEE

ON SHARK WEEK.

HERE WE GO, Y'ALL.

TAKE ME TO THE WATER.

WE GET IN THE WATER,

AND WE'RE GOING TO SWIM

WITH THESE SHARKS.

THERE IS NO SHARK WEEK, SO

WE CAN DO IT ON SPRING

BREAK WEEK.

OKAY, WHO MADE BUBBLES

JUST NOW?

[YELLING]

[SCREAMING]

Efrem: I'M A PARENT

AS WELL, AND ONE OF THE

THINGS YOU TOUCHED ON IN

THE SHOW IS THE FACT THAT

YOUR CHILDREN BY BIRTH, IN

TERMS OF THEIR GRATITUDE,

MAY NOT BE AS MUCH -- THEY

DON'T GET IT AS MUCH AS

MAYBE THE CHILDREN BY

ADOPTION, CORRECT?

YEAH.

SOME KIDS KIND OF GROW UP

WITH A SENSE OF

ENTITLEMENT.

AND THEY MIGHT HAVE THE

WRONG PERSPECTIVE AND THE

WRONG ATTITUDE WHEN IT

COMES TO CERTAIN THINGS.

BUT MY DAUGHTERS, WHO I

ADOPTED SINCE THEY WERE

BABIES, KIND OF DO

EVERYTHING RIGHT.

98% OF THINGS RIGHT.

AND THEIR ATTITUDE IS

PROBABLY THE BEST.

AND THEY HAVE MADE

PARENTING REALLY EASY.

ESPECIALLY MY YOUNGEST

DAUGHTER, WHO REALLY GETS

IT.

I KIND OF TAKE THE ALABAMA

FOOTBALL APPROACH, NICK,

HOW HE GOT PLAYERS IN, BUT

NO MATTER HOW GOOD HE GOT

THEM, HE TRIED TO DEVELOP

THEM.

WHAT I TRY TO DO WITH

KIDS, WHEN I GET THEM IN

THE HOUSE, I DEVELOP THEM.

ETIQUETTE, TABLE MANNERS,

ALL OF THOSE THINGS ON

"SMILEY FOR REAL."

THEY'RE IN THE DEVELOPING

STAGE.

SOME ARE DEVELOPING WELL,

AND SOME ARE NOT

DEVELOPING.

YOU WILL SEE THAT.

Efrem: RICKY SMILEY,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

YOU CAN CAMP TH CATCH THE SECOND

SEASON OF "RICKY SMILEY

FOR."

ON TUESDAYS.

THANK YOU, EF SPHREM.

EFREM.

Efrem: THANK YOU.

STILL TO COME ON "STUDIO

5": SETTING THE STAGE FOR

THE BIBLE.

IT IS TREAFLTDIN INTERESTING THAT

THE LORD WOULD PICK TWO

DAIRY FARMERS TO PRODUCE

BIBLE STORIES.

Efrem: WE'RE GOING

BEHIND THE SCENES OF

"SIGHT AND SOUND THEATER."

Efrem: "SIGHT AND

SOUND THEATERS" BRING

BIBLE STORIES TO LIFE IN

THE LARGEST THEATERS IN

THE COUNTRY.

FOR 40 YEARS, THE

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

PRODUCTIONS DELIVER

MASSIVE SETS, HUGE CASTS,

AND SPECTACULAR SPECIAL

EFFECTS.

WE HAVE A

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT

WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE

SCRIPTURES COME ALIVE.

"SIGHT AND SOUND THEATERS"

HAVE OFTEN BEEN CALLED

CHRISTIAN BROADWAY.

ON ITS STAGE IS STORIES OF

THE BIBLE THAT BECOME

MODERN-DAY PRODUCTIONS.

EACH YEAR ABOUT A MILLION

PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE

WORLD VISIT "SIGHT AND

SOUND" LOCATIONS IN BRAN

BRANTON, MISSOURI, AND

LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA.

IT IS INTERESTING AND

FASCINATING THAT THE LORD

WOULD PICK TWO DAIRY

FARMERS FROM LANCASTER

COUNTY TO BUILD A FIELD IN

THE MIDDLSTUDIOIN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD

AND PRODUCE BIBLE STORIES,

AND PEOPLE WOULD COME.

Efrem: HUGE SETS AND

THE 300-FOOT PANORAMIC

STAGE PUT AUDIENCES IN THE

CENTER OF THE STORY.

I'M SAMPSON, YOU NEVER

HEARD OF ME?

NOPE.

Efrem: IT IS ONE OF

THE TOP THREE THEATER

DESTINATIONS IN THE

COUNTRY.

AND HERE THE TALENTED CAST

DELIVERS A JAW-DROPPING

PERFORMANCE OF THE STORY

OF SAMPSON, THE ORIGINAL

SUPER HERO.

THERE IS A SCENE IN THE

SHOW WHERE THE ANGEL OF

THE LORD COMES TO SAMPSON,

AND HE IS TRYING TO HAVE

HIM UNDERSTAND GRACE, AND

THE ANGEL SAYS, SAMPSON,

JUST LIKE YOUR HAIR, IT

CAN GET CUT, BUT IT'S

GOING TO GROW BACK.

YOU CAN CUT GRACE OUT OF

YOUR LIFE, BUT GOD IS NOT

GOING TO STOP PURSUING

YOU.

EACH SHOW HAS A UNIQUE

FLAVOR TO IT.

SAMPSON IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.

IT IS A TOUGH STORY TO

TELL, A PRETTY GRITTY

STORY, AND WE TOOK THE

OPPORTUNITY TO ADD SOME

LIGHT-HEARTED MOMENTS INTO

THE SHOW TO HELP BALANCE

THAT OUT AND KEEP IT

FAMILY-FRIENDLY.

AND IT HAS A DIFFERENT

FEEL FROM, SAY, MOSES.

Efrem: "SIGHT AND

SOUND" INVITED CBN NEWS

BEHIND THE SCENES FOR AN

UP CLOSE LOOK AT HOW THE

SHOW COMES TOGETHER.

THERE ARE SO MANY

THINGS IN THESE SETS.

Efrem: OVER THE

YEARS, SHOWS HAVE EXPANDED

TO INCLUDE THE SPLENDOR OF

EASTER, THE JOYS OF

CHRISTMAS, AND MOSES.

STILL, THE THEATER'S

MESSAGE HAS REMAINED THE

SAME: TELL BIBLE STORIES

THAT HONOR GOD FOR PEOPLE

OF ALL AGES.

WE LOVE HEARING PARENTS

SAY, WE SAW THE SHOW TWO

MONTHS AGO, AND MY

6-YEAR-OLD WON'T STOP

TALKING ABOUT SAMPSON, OR

WON'T STOP ASKING THESE

QUESTIONS.

AND WE WENT HOME AND READ

THE BIBLE STORY MAYBE FOR

THE FIRST TIME, AND

THEY'RE INTRIGUED BY THESE

CHARACTERS.

THAT, TO ME, IS THE BEST

COMPLIMENT WE GET.

OUR GOAL IS, EVERY

PRODUCTION WE DO, TO BE

RELEVANT AND IMPACT FULL,

NO MATTER IF YOU'RE THREE

YEARS OLD OR 93.

Efrem: AND EACH

TICKET COMES WITH A

PROMISE.

"SIGHT AND SOUND'S"

COMMITMENT IS TO TAKE THEM

BACK IN TIME, TO IMMERSE

THEM IN A BIBLE STORY, AND

TO EXPEESHE EXPERIENCE THE LOVE OF

THE LORD THROUGH WHO WE

ARE, WHAT WE DO, ON THE

STAGE AND OFF THE STAGE,

AND TO CREATE AN

ATMOSPHERE WHERE THEY AND

THEIR FAMILY CAN HAVE AN

ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS.

Efrem: WHEN THE SHOW

IS OVER, THERE IS NO

CURTAIN CALL, AND THE

NAMES OF THE CAST MEMBERS

ARE NOT LISTED IN THE

PROGRAM.

KEEPING WITH THE THEATER'S

GOAL.

WE WANT THEM TO TALK

ABOUT THE MESSAGE, OR HOW

I MIGHT HAVE BEEN

IMPACTED.

OUR, WOW, I'VE GOT TO READ

THAT SCRIPTURE AGAIN.

I DON'T REMEMBER THAT

STORY THAT WAY.

I'VE GOT TO CHECK THAT

OUT.

WE WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE

FOCUSED ON THE LORD.

I DON'T THINK WE EVER SAT

DOWN AND MADE A DECISION

OF, YOU KNOW WHAT, NO

CURTAIN CALLS OR NAMES IN

THE PROGRAMS.

IT WAS MORE NATURALLY, WHY

WOULD WE DO THAT?

WE WANT THE FOCUS OF THE

SHOW TO BE ON THE MESSAGE

OF THE LORD AND ON THE

LORD.

NOT ABOUT US, BUT ABOUT

HIM.

Efrem: STILL TO COME

ON "STUDIO 5," YOU MET THE

FAMILY OF COMEDIAN RICKY

SMILEY.

NEXT UP, WE'RE LOOKING AT

A NEW SHORT FILM SERIES ON

FAMILY AND FAITH.

Efrem: A NEW SHORT

FILM SERIES ON FAITHTH

FAMILY DEBUTS THIS MONTH.

IT IS CALLED "PARENT

COMPASS."

TAKE A LOOK.

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN

YOU DON'T THINK YOU'RE

GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH

THE STORM.

I JUST DID NOT HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH MY

PARENTS.

MY CHOICE TO LIVE WITH

MY DAD AND STEPMOM FELT

UNCOMFORTABLE AND STRANGE

AND IN SOME WAYS IT FELT

WRONG.

I THREW THE BOOK ACROSS

THE ROOM.

WOW, WHAT IS GOING ON

WITH RACHEL?

Efrem: THE SERIES'

CREATORS SAY THE STORIES

ARE ABOUT FAMILIES ACROSS

RACES AND INCOMES AND HAVE

DAILY FAMILY INTERACTIONS.

SIMPLY HEAD TO

CBN.COM/STUDIO 5.

RIGHT NOW IT IS TIME TO

LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE WORKING

ON FOR NEXT WEEK'S "STUDIO

5."

*

* WAKE UP TO A BRAND NEW

DAY *

Efrem: THE "GOOD

MORNING" TUNE WAS MEANT TO

GET YOUR FEET MOVING.

MEET THE MUSIC MAN BEHIND

THAT TUNE.

AARON RICE IS SHARING THE

PLEASURE AND PAIN OF

AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITING.

I HAD THIS SONG IN

"GOD'S NOT DEAD," AND IT'S

CALLED "WHAT I KNOW."

IT IS PROBABLY THE HARDEST

SONG I'VE EVER WRITTEN.

Efrem: AND TODAY'S

FINAL WORD IS A MUSICAL

ONE.

JERRY RISOTO IS A FORMER

"AMERICAN IDOL" CONTESTANT

WHO WILL BE JOINING US

NEXT WEEK.

BUT TODAY HE IS LEAVING US

WITH HIS RENDITION OF

ANTHONY BROWN'S BILLBOARD

AND STELLAR SONG "WORTH."

* YOU CAME AND CHANGED MY

LIFE *

* YOU THOUGHT I WAS WORTH

KEEPING *

* SO YOU SACRIFICED YOUR

LIFE *

* YOU THOUGHT I WAS TO DIE

FOR, LORD *

* SO YOU SACRIFICED YOUR

LIFE *

* SO I COULD BE FREE

* SO I COULD BE WHOLE

* AND I WOULD TELL

EVERYONE I KNOW *

Efrem: HE THOUGHT WE

ALL WERE WORTH SAVING.

THAT IS THE FINAL WORD FOR

THIS EDITION OF "STUDIO

5."

UNTIL NEXT TIME, REACH OUT

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