Marvin Sapp’s ‘Never Would Have Made It’ premieres on TV One

The pastor, musician, author and radio show host is the focus of a TV One film named after one of the biggest hits in gospel history
Pastor Marvin Sapp (Photo by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

Gospel legend Marvin Sapp remains in disbelief that his remarkable spiritual journey is the subject of a TV biopic after a troubled adolescence while growing up in western Michigan.

“Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story,” is derived from the juggernaut song that Sapp penned and sang that has transcended musical genres, demographics and time. The TV One original film that debuted on Sunday evening, Aug. 21 and directed by radio show hosting legend Russ Parr. It stars Chaz Lamar Shepherd (Marvel’s “Luke Cage” and “The Game”) Sapp and Ambre Anderson (“Power Book II” “Manifest Evil”) as Sapp’s wife, MaLinda Prince Sapp.


The cast of “Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story.” (Photo by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

Sapp is a singer, author, radio show host and senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also the pastor emeritus of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan — the church he founded with his late wife, MaLinda Prince Sapp.

Russ Parr, radio show legend, directed “Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story” (Photo by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

However, as “Never Would Have Made It” chronicles, Sapp’s life could have easily taken a tragic turn. The biographical movie details Sapp’s upbringing in Grand Rapids, 150 miles west of Detroit, where he struggled with alcohol and cocaine abuse as a wayward teen. The film also focuses on his transformation into a God-fearing man and showcases his love for his wife MaLinda Prince, his rise in the music industry and the founding of his churches.


Celebrity guests included original “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast members Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu (Photo by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

Check out the trailer of the film below:

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