P.O.D and Other Artists Compile Exclusive Soundtrack Inspired by 'The Passion'

( [email protected] ) Jul 13, 2004 11:06 PM EDT

A group of artists, including the GRAMMY award-winning mainstream band, P.O.D., compiled a soundtrack featuring singles inspired by the film The Passion Of The Christ. Among the rest, P.O.D. was one of the first mainstream bands to contribute original works composed exclusively to the album.

"This is the real deal -- brutal, honest, touching," said P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval. "This film made me check my own heart and my own faith. It's not the fairy tale story of Christ we're all used to. So, even before anybody wanted to be involved, in the heat of the controversy, I wanted to give back and contribute to this."

According to producers, the group had been invited to an early screening at Mel Gibson's office in Los Angeles, before the film became a multi-million dollar hit. It was during those moments that the film appealed to more and more celebrities and major artists which led to the making of this "inspired-by" album.

On August 31, producers will distribute more than 17 million copies of the multi-artist soundtrack.