Bright Ones: Bethel Music's teenage worship team turned actors in a movie

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Tony Cummings spoke to Josie Buchanan, Peyton Allen and Chloe Vassallo of the Redding, California-based BRIGHT ONES

Bethel Music's Bright Ones feature film has surprised many and this fictional drama of a bunch of students in a performing arts college seems certain to make a major impact. Tony Cummings spoke to three of the singers-turned-actors - Josie Buchanan (who played Claudia), Peyton Allen (who played Jay) and Chloe Elizabeth Vassallo (Mia) - from their Redding, California base.

Tony: How old are you guys?

Josie: "I'm 16."

Peyton: "I turned 17 on the 14th March."

Chloe: "I'm 15, turning 16 this year."

Tony: Josie, can you remember the first time you heard the song "No Longer Slaves"? Did you immediately think, 'I'd love to sing a solo on that'?

Josie Buchanan
Josie Buchanan

Josie: "I actually don't remember the first time hearing it. I'm pretty sure it was in church. I remember thinking that it was such a different song, but I didn't ever picture myself singing on an album. It's really cool that I get to do that. Now that I'm actually doing it, I love it so much."

Tony: Is that your favourite song in the movie?

Josie: "From the movie that's probably my favourite song, because of the moment it has with it, but on the album I'd say 'You're Gonna Be Okay' is my favourite one - or 'Let My Life' because it's so upbeat and fun to dance to."

Tony: Are you singing lead on many of the tracks on the 'Bethel Kids' album?

Josie: "Yeah. I sing lead on three on that album."

Tony: Has your voice changed a lot?

Josie: "Yes, it has but not as much as some of the others, but it has changed a bit. Listening back to that album is kind of funny because I sound so much younger. I've definitely gone down a key."

Tony: Peyton, how hard was it for you to act the part of Jay, conveying his insecurities and lack of belonging? Have you come from a fostered background?

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