Relativity Music Group will release the motion picture soundtrack to Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler and directed by Marc Forster. The lead track “The Keeper” is written and performed by Grammy-award winning musician and Chris Cornell who also produced the track. Fans of Cornell and those eager to see Machine Gun Preacher can preview “The Keeper” on Cornell’s Web site.

Forster said, “We were thrilled when Chris wrote this beautiful and heartfelt song for us. The first time I heard ‘The Keeper,’ I immediately saw it in the movie.  Chris was able to articulate the essence of Sam’s story.”

The Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack will feature 15 score cues performed and composed by Asche & Spencer who will also be accompanied by the 60-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack will be available on CD wherever music is sold as well as on iTunes on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The physical Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack will feature an extended version of “The Keeper” as it is heard in the film. The iTunes version of the soundtrack will feature the demo version of “The Keeper” as a bonus track.

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa.  Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children. Inspired to create a safe haven for the multitudes fleeing enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, he restores peace to their lives and eventually his own.  Directed and produced by DGA and Golden Globe®-nominee Marc Forster (Finding NeverlandMonster’s Ball) and written by Jason Keller (Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project), the film stars Gerard Butler (300) in a tour de force performance, alongside a powerful ensemble cast including Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Oscar®-nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door) and breakout actor Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo). Producing are Relativity’s Robbie Brenner, Safady Entertainment’s Gary Safady and Craig Chapman, and GG Filmz’s Deborah Giarratana.

Machine Gun Preacher will be released in New York and Los Angeles on September 23, 2011 and will expand to other markets afterward.