To the world, Johnny Money was the “Man in Black,” whose songs of exhausting residing and discovering salvation surpassed genres for greater than 4 many years. However to his sister Joanne Money, the seemingly legendary determine of music was merely “a rustic boy.”
The songstress has come ahead in a brand new documentary in regards to the beloved singer/songwriter titled “Johnny Money: The Redemption of an American Icon.” It explores his deep devotion to religion and the way his love of God performed a task in his life as he confronted melancholy and a crippling drug dependancy. It options never-before-heard conversations with Money himself as he mirrored on his private journey. Money handed away in 2003 at age 71, lower than 4 months after his spouse, June Carter Money.
“He gave his coronary heart to the Lord when he was 12, at our little nation church,” Joanne instructed Fox Information Digital. “… However when he grew up he acquired away from God and acquired within the drug years. He [then] recommitted his life to Christ… I suppose he thought, ‘If God might change me, he might change anyone.’”
“The Lord could be very actual in my life and was very actual in Johnny’s life,” she shared. “Our mom was a really robust Christian and prayed for us continuously. Johnny’s unshakable religion in God was taught to him by our brother Jack. [He] was going to be a pastor, and naturally, God took him to heaven earlier than that would occur. He was solely 14. Nevertheless it taught Johnny to have an unshakable religion within the Lord.”
In accordance with Joanne, there have been seven siblings amongst them and Johnny was “proper within the center.” As a toddler, he had large desires of performing on the Grand Ole Opry, the stage the place nation legends are born.
“There was one thing particular about Johnny from the very starting,” she shared. “We might hearken to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night time when it got here on. That was one thing that not solely he listened to, however all of us appeared ahead to. He mentioned, ‘Isn’t it nice? Hearken to that music. In the future, you’re going to listen to me on the radio.’ I type of laughed as a result of I used to be a child. And I mentioned, ‘Actually?’ He mentioned, ‘Sure, you’re going to listen to me sing someday on the radio.’ I didn’t consider it on the time, however I actually consider it now.”
Joanne described how Money and Jack, her two older brothers, had been “inseparable.” All of the siblings had been shut as they resided in Arkansas. Rising up, Money started writing songs and poems whereas admiring the music of artists equivalent to Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb, amongst others. Tragedy struck the household when Jack died from accidents he sustained in an accident.
“Johnny by no means acquired over that,” Joanne admitted. “All of us by no means acquired over it.”
As he grew older, Joanne mentioned Money “was our protector” who watched over his siblings. Whereas he appeared as a domineering presence with an unmistakable baritone voice, Joanne mentioned there may be nonetheless a false impression about his gloomy look.
“I bear in mind Johnny saying, ‘Johnny is a reasonably good man, however Money will get him in hassle,” she chuckled. “Any person requested him, ‘Why do you put on all black?’ He really didn’t in any respect. He wore blue denims… he cherished denim. And Johnny mentioned about his darkish closet, ‘You recognize what? It’s simply actually darkish in there. I’m comfy in black. It’s dressy. [And] I made a decision that I might rise up for the youngsters… which are struggling within the black, darkness of this world.’ That’s why he wore black.”
“He wrote the music ‘Man in Black,’ which describes that fully,” Joanne continued. “He’d put on it for the younger and the outdated and the folks [who] had by no means learn the phrases that Jesus mentioned. And he mentioned, ‘I put on it for the prisoner who’s lengthy paid for his crime as a result of he’s a sufferer of the occasions.’ In case you hearken to… the wording of that music, one can find out the explanation he [wore] black.”
Joanne mentioned Money turned a born-again Christian in 1972 in the identical church “the place I had given my coronary heart to the Lord.” Joanne mentioned she recommitted to her religion in 1970 after she confronted her personal struggles. Since then, she has change into “free of medication and alcohol.”
“I can fortunately say I haven’t had a drink since 1970,” she mentioned. “Not any of these medication.”
Early in his profession, Money took huge portions of capsules to take care of the pains of touring and different private demons, Reuters reported. Whereas he cleaned up with June’s steering, the star relapsed in the direction of the tip of the ‘70s. His son, John Carter Money, described how the patriarch confronted near-death experiences, rehab stints and interventions in his 2007 guide “Anchored in Love: The Life and Legacy of June Carter Money.”
“He, like all of us, was not excellent,” mentioned Joanne about her beloved brother. “We aren’t excellent. That’s why we want a Savior. Johnny knew he wasn’t excellent… He fell. He went into the darkish aspect. And within the drug years, he virtually misplaced his life… However God confirmed him some form of a light-weight. And I consider that was the Lord. It was the Holy Spirit main him out of that darkness. And it modified his life… That’s why… he gave his coronary heart again to the Lord and emerged from that darkness… I would like folks to know that so long as there may be life and breath, there may be hope.”
Within the ‘70s, minister Billy Graham discovered of Money’s renewed religion and invited him to be a part of his Campaign occasions. The 2 developed a close-knit friendship that lasted till Money’s loss of life.
As we speak, Joanne desires folks to recollect her brother for not solely his plain musical expertise, but additionally his dedication to search out salvation in Christ. She mentioned this new movie chronicling his journey is “the very best documentary I’ve ever seen.”
“Your desires can come true and you then [also can fall] away and get… to loss of life’s door,” mentioned Joanne. “[But] via the Lord Jesus Christ, there may be hope… Even for those who’re at your very lowest level. And Johnny proved that.”
“Johnny Money: The Redemption of an American Icon” is taking part in solely in theaters Dec. 5-7.