Galley Molina: Executive Producer of “I’m In Love With A Church Girl”
Interviewed and written by Aaron Robinson – Editor
During the early stages of Galley Molina’s
career, he signed his first recording contract releasing singles, as well as toured
the country with chart-topping artists. Soon after, Molina began writing and
producing immaculate music for music industry icons while working on numerous
gold and platinum records. After Molina went through a life-changing
experience, he became an ordained Pastor and established the company Reverence
Gospel Media, LLC. Shortly after, he partnered with worship leader/gospel
artist Israel Houghton to create
various projects such as film, television, publishing and music.
Together, they won their first Grammy with the release of Israel’s “Jesus
At The Center.”
Today, the like-minded and creative
individuals continue to collaborate on God-glorifying, life-impacting projects.
One of those exhilarant films are “I’m In Love With A Church Girl”,where Molina and Houghton take on the role
as executive producers. The film is a powerful, inspiring story of a
love between a man and a woman, the gift of a man having a second-chance in
life…based on true events from Molina’s life. The film will be in theaters on October 18th,starring Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins, Adrienne
Bailon, Toby-Mac, T-Bone, Michael Madsen and Stephen Baldwin.
Here is what Galley Molina shared during a recent
interview with Consciousness Magazine.
Robinson: What was the inspiration behind writing “I’m in Love With A Church
Galley Molina: It was based
on my life. It was basically how God used a woman to help bring a man to church
to ultimately help find his way to Christ. The inspiration was based on a true
story. The girl who I was dating at the time wanted to take me to church for
the first date. I had never walked into a Christian church before. My life was
never the same after that.
wrote the film while in jail. Was this before or after you became a pastor or
during your music career?
GM: It was during my music
career. I had been going to church a little over two years at the time and it
came back and caught up with me. I was indicted. I
was on bail for a little over 5 years fighting my case. Then I was sentenced and
plead guilty and went away. It was a 10 year period between bail and
incarceration. I became a pastor after I got home. I had already given my life
to Christ before my indictment. When I got home I went back to my church
and I’m still shocked about it. If God can use me, He can use anybody.
people view your film what message do you expect for them to walk away with?
GM: The timeline of the
film is come as you are. A lot of people feel that they need to get there lives
right before they come to church, but that’s not true. God wants you to come as
you are. I think the people need to understand that they don’t have to get
there lives in perfect packages before they walk into church. I want people to
understand that it doesn’t matter! God is real and wants to be real in there
lives; God is for everybody.
merged your company RGM with Israel
Houghton’s company New Breed to create various projects. How did this
collaboration come about?
GM: I reached out to Israel about doing some stuff on a soundtrack, so we
started doing some records and soundtracks together. I just fell in love with
the way he worked. It was one of those kindle experiences from God. Now we’ve
put out a couple records together, won a Grammy this year together, and wrote
the next couple scripts together. God has just put us together and it has been
one of the most blessed relationships of my life. We’re extremely close, a
brotherly thing. It’s an amazing spiritual relationship.
AR: As a man
of faith, what are some things God has promised or have done for you that you
would have never witnessed in the secular world?
GM: Obviously, salvation. I
ask myself all of the time ‘if I had never met the church girl would I had ever
walked into a church?’ I experience joy and peace in the midst of the storm. I
know it’s invisible, but it’s true. When things get rough and heavy I don’t
stress. He equipped me to deal with everything from industry to business. I’m
not perfect, but I know that He has great mercy on me. Whatever comes, I know He
advice would you give to troubled males who seem as if they cannot escape the
street and troubled life?
GM: They can escape it.
It’s a decision. I would say whatever it is that they’re doing, I think God
will definitely have something to say about that. Only if they’re really open
to what God has to say they can change. You know, I didn’t read about the
story; I lived it. If God can change someone like me, He can deliver anything.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the testimony that I was raised in poverty; I come
from a very good upper middle class home. As smart as I thought I was, as much
as I thought I knew, it caught up with me. This film is for them. It’s real.
I’m definitely excited about that part.
you like to add anything else that we didn’t cover before we close the
GM: Go to our website
ImInLoveWithAChurchGirl.com. You can follow us on twitter @ChurchGirlMovie. Go
to the website, it has stories about all of us and contact information. Pray
that we’re in the theaters on October 18th.
Nikki Giovanni is a living legend. She is a poet, writer,
activist, and educator. At the age of 73, she continues to write and teach
others how to bring out their inner creativity. I had the pleasure of speaking
with her about her latest book and enjoyed the great advice on writing.
Shanessa Fenner: What is your latest
project that you are working on? Nikki Giovanni: I
am writing my latest book entitled “A Good Cry.” It started because I became
aware that no matter what the myth is about women crying all the time, women do
not cry. When your husband, mother, or sister dies you bury them and you get
things done. You sell the car, rent the house, and just do things you have to
do and you don’t have time to mourn. It dawned on me that a lot of people my
age don’t really know how to mourn. My doctor says we have high blood pressure
because we don’t take care of ourselves.I think we have high blood pressure because we keep a lot of things
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