Dennis Quaid Reflects on How Jesus’ Redemptive Power Inspired Album

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Dennis Quaid Reflects on How Jesus’ Redemptive Power Inspired Album

By Movieguide® Contributor

Actor and musician Dennis Quaid joined Christian singer Matthew West to discuss how the redemptive power of Jesus led him to create his new album “Fallen: A Gospel Record For Sinners.”

“I myself went to Sunday school in church and around 12 or 13 I got very disillusioned with church,” he said. “It didn’t seem to match up with reality of life around me. A lot of things seemed hypocritical.”

Quaid previously opened up about how church hurt impacted his life. Movieguide® reported, “Quaid’s disinterest in religion continued until he read a book that introduced him to Buddhism. He began to seek truth, reading the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, the Koran and the Bible.”

That marked a turning point in his life, and after struggling with addiction, he turned to Christ.

“That’s when I started developing a personal relationship,” Quaid told PEOPLE. “Before that, I didn’t have one, even though I grew up as a Christian.”

From there, his relationship with Jesus continued to grow.

“It’s not really about living a Boy Scout kind of life and doing good and being good,” he explained. “There are certainly good deeds and all, and that’s great. But it’s about who you are really inside. It’s not a scorecard or a check the box or gold star. It’s about your real relationship with Him and that’s what everybody is looking for. It’s always accessible and it’s so surprisingly simple.”

Quaid’s faith deeply impacted his new album, “Fallen.”

He included the hymn “Just As I Am” because of the role evangelist Billy Graham had on his life.

“Billy Graham was kind of like my spiritual father in a way growing up,” Quaid said. “The kind of impact that he had, speaking through millions of people. How he could hit you personally, right then and there. He was totally sincere and out to serve God.”

“‘Just As I Am’ is about Billy Graham…that time when he’d call people forward. It was very contemplative. You’d feel the gravity of the message,” the actor told West.

He also shared why he included “The Lord’s Prayer” on the album, explaining that a version of it, sung by Bing Crosby, used to air on network TV when the broadcasts concluded. “I wanted to do my own version of it because that song was written by Jesus. He gave the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples,” Quaid explained. 

Quaid recently performed his new track, “Fallen,” at the ACM Honors.

He wrote on his Instagram, “I had a blast performing my new record “Fallen” during #ACMHonors last night on @foxtv. The event honored incredible artists and leaders, including Troy Volhoffer with the @acmliftinglives Award. Congrats Troy. So great to share the stage with so many incredible artists. You can stream the show on @hulu tonight.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Quaid’s faith:

In an interview with PEOPLE, Quaid revealed how his struggle with addiction early in his career motivated him to return to his Christian roots…

“I remember going home and having kind of a white light experience that I saw myself either dead or in jail or losing everything I had, and I didn’t want that,” he recalled…

“That’s when I started developing a personal relationship,” he said. “Before that, I didn’t have one, even though I grew up as a Christian…”

“We’re looking for…the joy of life,” he continued. But a relationship with God is “at the bottom of it, the joy of being alive.”