Many Christians may know six-time Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Russ Taff as the anointed voice behind “Praise the Lord.” In a new documentary set for release this month, Taff, 65, reveals a decadeslong struggle with alcohol that required trauma therapy to set him free.
“Shame is a prison. I was locked up in shame’s prison for over 40 years,” Taff revealed in a trailer for the documentary “Russ Taff: I Still Believe,” set for release in theaters for one day nationwide Oct. 30.
“Behind its bars, I was safe, isolated and hiding from pain, disconnected from family and everyone I ever loved. Abused as a child, shame told me it was all my fault. Singing for Jesus and living a secret life as an alcoholic. Shame whispered ‘there is no hope,'” he explained.
The iconic singer, who toured with contemporary Christian music stars such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and the Gaithers, told the Tennessean that for a long time, he used alcohol to numb the pain of his childhood trauma. His father was a Pentecostal preacher who also struggled with alcoholism and his mother would frequently unload her anxieties about her family life on him.
The documentary examines Taff’s childhood abuse, his addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, how he abandoned his own family and once showed up drunk for a major Christian TV show taping.
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Source: Christian Post