EXCLUSIVE: Marvin Sapp’s “Never would have made it” biopic hits high note in premiere

Gospel sensation Marvin Sapp’s triumphant story of overcoming tragedy, drug and alcohol abuse and health challenges made the big screen in a newly-released “Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Biopic” on Thursday, August 4 at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. 

The movie, which premieres on Sunday, August 21 at 9/8C, chronicles the prominent gospel music artist and preacher’s Grand Rapids upbringing, battle against teenage alcohol abuse, love for MaLinda Prince, rise in the music industry and growth in his faith.  

Sapp came into prominence more than 30 years ago as a member of Commissioned and is widely known for his award-winning, chart-topping crossover hit “Never Would Have Made It.” Currently, he is an author, radio show host and senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Dallas, Texas and pastor emeritus of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan – the church he founded with his late wife. 

TV One, Comcast Business and effectv hosted an exclusive screening of the film and Q&A discussion with Sapp and film director, Russ Parr. The event was moderated by Randi Myles, on-air Personality for The Detroit Praise Network 98.3, 99.9 and 105.9 HD-2. 

Sapp told the Michigan Chronicle that one of the major takeaways of the film is that everyone has a story to tell and he is looking forward to showing his own at times tumultuous one. 

“(This is an) opportunity to do my first film with Michiganders, people that might have helped to cultivate and build who I am as an individual,” he said adding that they “consistently” still support “my music and my ministry even though I’m in Texas now.” 


After the show during the Q&A segment it was obvious that his movie resonated with many audience members featuring friends, family and acquaintances. 


Sapp added that when the opportunity presented itself to show his coming-of-age story, he took it. 

“We condensed it … and I’m grateful that Ross and the team allowed me to really be a part of the process from script to editing,” Sapp said. 

The movie premieres on Sunday, August 21 at 9/8C.

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