Mark Collie is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his concert at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary which became his classic live album, Alive at Brushy Mountain.
A film team was on hand back then to capture the visits to the prison and his performance with an all-star band for a documentary, The Mountain. Collie finished the film by visiting with the inmates years later after they re-entered society to see how his visits and music had affected their lives.
“I believed the songs could matter. I wanted to make something that people could find hope in or redemption or restoration or forgiveness,” says Collie.
The Mountain documentary and Alive at Brushy Mountain live concert are now being re-released by Harvest Entertainment on video streaming services this fall. CD and double-vinyl copies of the live album are available at MarkCollie.com, and the album is available here.
Collie and his wife Tammy have carried on with their message of hope in prisons across the country, changing hundreds of lives before and after re-entry and impacting families and communities.
His ten-week songwriting program, My Song for Life, developed in partnership with CoreCivic and The Change Company, spans multiple facilities across the United States. Collie’s other humanitarian efforts include addiction treatment, the Mark Collie endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for Diabetes Research, and support for women and men in uniform and law enforcement.
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