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Disney's 'Let It Shine' Starring Tyler James Williams Premieres Tonight at 8pm ET/PT

by Vanessa Martinez
June 15, 2012 6:43 PM
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let it shine

Here's a Disney production we profiled back in April titled Let It Shine, that originated with screenwriter Eric Daniel, and was written by both Daniel and Don D. Scott (Barbershop).

It will premiere tonight, 6/15 at 8pm ET/PT on the Disney Channel.

Let It Shine, described as a music-driven story for kids and families, stars Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), recording artist Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson (Eureka), Brandon Mychal Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Dawn Lewis.


Set in the world of hip-hop, rap and gospel music, the uplifting modern day story inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac, follows three teens who discover the importance of staying true to oneself. Celebrating family, friendship and faith, the story unfolds in Atlanta, Georgia, as Cyrus DeBarge and his best friend Kris McDuffy reunite with their childhood friend, teenage singing sensation Roxanne "Roxie" Andrews, whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club. Cyrus, who writes music under the name "Truth," crafts a heartfelt and contest-winning rhyme about Roxie but to his dismay, his work is mistakenly attributed to Kris. Lacking the confidence to step forward, Cyrus stands by while Kris not only takes credit for the lyrics, but ultimately begins to win Roxie's heart too. Now, it's up to the true poet to overcome self-doubt, seize the opportunity to reveal his authentic self, and pursue his dreams. All the while, Cyrus must convince his preacher father that hip-hop music can convey a positive message.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • dashawn | December 30, 2012 9:44 AMReply

    this is the when sirs was rapping on the sich

  • alize | September 4, 2012 5:44 PMReply

    i love the movie want the part that i hate is when truth deosent tell roxy that he was the singer

  • Delores | September 3, 2012 11:24 AMReply

    Did this movie show in the theater? Just curious.

  • angela | August 20, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    i love tyler james williams and i want to meet him and i know all of his
    songs! the movie was really good!

  • Tahmia | August 17, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    The movie was really good! Even though im 15 i know a little old to be watching the show, it still has my vote as one of the best disney movies. The songs were very unique. God job guys!

  • alexandra | June 27, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    the movie it awesome you guys did a great job !!!!! I would love to meet you in person and tell you face to face how good you were in the movie have a great summer!!!

    sincerly alexandra

  • keyaja | June 24, 2012 5:49 PMReply

    i like cyrus and kris they are cute and if i was a boy roxie i would like her

  • jocelyn | June 21, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    Is Tichina arnold in this?

  • Monet | June 19, 2012 8:02 PMReply

    I love that movie it's great! P.S. Tyler James Williams was amazing in it.

  • sarah | June 19, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    does anyone know a website that i can see let it shine on

  • hannah | June 19, 2012 1:27 AMReply

    make it shine is a very good movie! :)

  • Marcus | June 18, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    I missed it both days. Does anyone know when it will air again?

  • keyaja | June 24, 2012 5:50 PM


  • johnny | June 19, 2012 9:55 PM

    i noe if anyone replies can you plz tell me wen it gunna be on

  • savannah zepeda | June 17, 2012 10:51 PMReply


  • starry118 | June 17, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    You can watch on Disney's site:

  • starry118 | June 17, 2012 7:40 PM

    Looks like it expires after today though...

  • kaitlin | June 17, 2012 6:34 PMReply

    i lov let it shine my favo

  • cody | June 17, 2012 1:16 PMReply

    Sorry, I meant to say "when will it come on again?"

  • Cody | June 17, 2012 1:16 PMReply

    Yeah when will it watch it again?

  • David | June 17, 2012 7:18 AMReply

    When Can I Watch It Again

  • natalia | June 17, 2012 3:42 AMReply

    why cant i wach it

  • Hatty | April 13, 2013 6:16 AM


  • cody | June 17, 2012 1:52 PM

    it's coming on today at 6pm

  • Eric D | June 16, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    Really glad you guys enjoyed LET IT SHINE. As the creator of the project, it is rewarding to hear such positive feedback from the always critical and on point S&A readers. It took many years to develop and find the right studio make this film. To have it turn out so great and be so well received makes it worth all the effort. Thanks foll all of your comments.

  • Naya | June 18, 2012 12:36 PM

    Great job Eric. We need more black-centric teen/tween movies out there. I loved the way you wrote the hip-hop so it was still authentic but didn't come off as corny because of course the raps had to be written for disney! I found it very authentic and heartwarming. So glad your project worked out and I hope there's more to come from you!

  • CareyCarey | June 17, 2012 3:04 AM

    Thanks Eric, I appreciate the quick reply. And yes, it was a rare insight into the journey of a script to the screen of a large studio.

  • Eric D | June 17, 2012 2:43 AM

    CC...In a nutshell. I wrote the treatment for LIS 10 years ago. Almost sold it to a studio, but deal fell thru. So I wrote the screenplay. Shopped it around for years. Then a producer friend brought it in to Disney Channel. They were interested. So I rewrote it for tweens. They bought it. I did more rewrites. We got closer. Then they hired Don to do revisions. And we got it over the finish line. I never worked with Don or had any involvement with the director or casting. That's often how it works with the studio after you sell your material. Hope the info helps.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 11:08 PM

    Hello Eric, could you share the responsibilities of the "creator". How long are you involved with the project and the casting (i.e, director, actors, writers)? Also, what changed over the years of developement? What's the history of your relationship with Eric Daniel, and Don D. Scott ?

  • alex darrisaw | June 16, 2012 12:54 PMReply

    This movie was really good it felt like down home southern life and it felt more real than most movies though it was a little predictable, but still one of the best movies Disney has produced in a very long time. I feel like all the characters parts fitted perfectly although in previews one would get the idea that Cyrus and Chris are brothers not best friends. But nevertheless this was a very good movie with an amazing sound track.

  • Laura | June 16, 2012 12:39 PMReply

    A nice variation on the Cyrano de Bergerac story line

  • Emma | June 16, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    Omg I loved let it shine especially Tyler and coco love. U guys

  • Vantrell | June 16, 2012 10:28 AMReply

    the movie was ok but he shouldar did better on how to get his crush

  • Nigs 4 Sale | June 16, 2012 4:18 AMReply

    Glad he's moved onto to something better after all that Chris Rock coonin' on the CW. Seriously, how many times can one guy bug his eyes out and have his mouth open wide in one episode? Pfft, an embarrassment. And don't get me started on Tichina Arnold's sassy loudmouth Sapphire "big, bad momma" character.....yuck!

  • Rock | June 16, 2012 3:20 PM

    "Everybody Hates Chris" was actually the best and most warm, insightful black sitcom since "The Cosby Show". Everything from the period music, the clever writing, the acting, social commentary, and everything else was terrific about it. Shame it didn't go on for at least one more season, but it ended before it got weak.

  • Nicki Prat | June 16, 2012 12:20 AMReply

    Oh yeah, forgot about Grant; silly me. I actually thought "Let It Shine" was a fine film, but it's full of that distinct Christian hypocrisy that I can't stand. Talking down on rap music even though there's Christian rap? Come on now. Oh, and don't get me started on rap music being as close as we get to being black, so I have to call out anyone or anything that hates on the culture. Most rap haters can't appreciate intelligent lyrics, so they hate on something they can't understand. If you give them a song like "On Earth As It Is", they probably wouldn't be able to interpret the meaning of even half of the lines.

  • Nicki Prat | June 16, 2012 12:57 AM

    Nice "meeting you" too, sir. I need to get some rest as well. We'll talk again soon.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 12:55 AM

    Okay, it's been nice "meeting you", but now it's time for the old man to get his beauty sleep. Maybe tomorrow we can talk about each individual performance. Btw, I also loved the music and the messages. One message I heard was reminicent of what The Wizard (ask your parents about him ;-)) said to tudor turtle. His famous line was "Be just vhat you is, not vhat you is not. Folks vhat do zis are ze happiest lot".

  • Nicki Prat | June 16, 2012 12:44 AM

    Alright, you got me. What I did like about the film were the performances, the music, and the overall message. It was enjoyable and definitely one of the better Disney movies I've seen to date. I was a big fan of Tyler in "Everybody Hates Chris", so I'm always looking forward to anything else he does.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 12:43 AM

    And Nicki, don't sleep on the intelligence and education of "rap haters" as you called them. Understanding lyrics (or not) would not be one of their main issues.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 12:38 AM

    Look out Nicki, we're heading for a fork in the road :-). I thought the film covered the "Christian" angle with a light touch. In fact, remember Courtney Vance (Cyrus's father) went back and apologized to Coco Jones? He admitted he was wrong. Also, Cyrus's mother made it a point to emphasize that their son's lyrics were not of a "negative" quality. But I will agree that some who have problems with "rap" (and we're not talking "Christian folks"). probably have not listened to different genres of the art form. But now tell me what you liked about the movie?

  • CareyCarey | June 15, 2012 11:05 PMReply

    Totally delightful! Tyler James Williams is a seasoned actor. There was no wrinkles in his performance. The storyline was predictable but I found myself rooting for the "good guy" as if I was 12 years old (all over again). Coco Jones did a nice job and has a great voice. Courtney B. Vance as Cyrus's preacher father didn't disappoint. In fact, I cheered at a couple of his scenes. The whole production was top notch. Five out of five stars!

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 12:13 AM

    *LOL* Nawl baby, my groovin' on the wild side is a thang of the past (I've been places I don't ever want to return to). But have you ever heard of the actor Carey Grant? He's a guy. But check this, Carey is not the name I go by. I actually have a "black" name. *LOL*. Yep, I have never heard a white person use "my" name. Anyway, what's your objections to "Let It Shine"?

  • Nicki Prat | June 16, 2012 12:06 AM

    You sounded feminine. I actually thought you were a girl for the longest time because Carey is definitely a girl's name. Now, since you're a guy, we could meet up somewhere and get our groove on, honey.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 12:00 AM

    Nope, this is the me oh me oh me oh lord, standing in the need of prayer :-) But my lady did watch the program with me, and we discussed it. She's one of those "church folks", so I asked her what messages she "received" from it. Well, we can talk about that but why did you ask? Then again, maybe I misinterpreted your question?

  • Nicki Prat | June 15, 2012 11:39 PM

    Is this Carey's woman?

  • Trae | June 15, 2012 10:42 PMReply

    Let it shine is the best disney movie I've seen in a while. I loved it so much. The old disney is back.

  • Nicki Prat | June 15, 2012 10:50 PM

    "The old disney is back." - Not at all.

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