Let It Shine (film)

Let It Shine is a 2012 musical television film that premiered on Disney Channel. It features an ensemble cast of Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson and Brandon Mychal Smith. The film follows a shy, talented rapper and musician who pens romantic hip-hop verses only to stand idly by as they're delivered to the girl of his dreams by a proxy, his best friend, in a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac (play). The film was directed by Paul Hoen and written by Eric Daniel and Don D. Scott. The Disney Channel Original Movie premiered on June 15, 2012 in the United States and Canada, and July 20, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[3]

Let It Shine
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Official film poster
GenreMusical, teen
Written byStory by
Eric Daniel
Teleplay by
Eric Daniel
Don D. Scott
Directed byPaul Hoen
Theme music composerRichard Gibbs
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Amy Gibbons
Paul Hoen
Production location(s)Atlanta, Georgia
Editor(s)Girish Bhargava
Running time104 minutes
Production company(s)GWAVE Productions
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseJune 15, 2012 (U.S.[1] & CAN[2])
August 11, 2012 (BET)
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In Atlanta, Georgia, Cyrus DeBarge (Tyler James Williams) is a musically talented choir director who writes rap lyrics under the pseudonym "Truth" because of his father Pastor Jacob's (Courtney B. Vance) disapproval of rap music and his shy demeanor compared to his more outgoing best friend/brother Kris McDuffy (Trevor Jackson). Cyrus also secretly works as a busboy at a club, Off the Street, where the music label of their childhood friend, teenage singing sensation Roxanne "Roxie" Andrews (Coco Jones), is sponsoring a songwriting contest. Roxie chooses Truth's heartfelt song "Don't Run Away" as the winning entry but misidentifies Kris as Truth because the photo Cyrus submitted was of them both. Kris convinces Cyrus to let him take credit for the song because he has feelings for Roxie. As Kris uses Cyrus' verses to get closer to both Roxie's heart and his newfound fame, Cyrus begins to resent his best friend.

Cyrus and Roxie get to know each other and Roxie says she can talk to him better than she can talk to Kris. Cyrus invites Roxie to perform with the choir at his church. Right after their rousing performance, Pastor Jacob humiliates Roxie in front of the congregation by calling out people who are living in "hip-hop-crisy". At the urging of his wife, Gail (Dawnn Lewis), Pastor Jacob goes to the club to apologize to Roxie, where he catches his son working at the club, and learns that Cyrus writes rap lyrics. Although furious at first, Pastor Jacob comes to realize his son's raps carry positive messages and rescinds his initial disapproval.

The conflict between Cyrus and Kris comes to a head when they have a physical altercation at the club. Levi (Alex Désert), the club owner, convinces the two not to let their friendship die. The two mend their friendship and during a duet with Roxie, Cyrus takes Kris' place on the stage to sing "Me and You", revealing through the lyrics that he was Truth all along. Cyrus apologizes and confesses his true feelings, but Roxie storms from the stage and wants nothing to do with either of them. At a hip hop battle contest, Cyrus calls out the winner, an arrogant rapper named Lord of Da Bling (Brandon Mychal Smith). The two battle for the trophy, which Cyrus wins by rapping to the audience that Bling is not in fact rich, but a normal person, which he found out by seeing Bling work his day job as a taxi driver.

Kris eventually tells Roxie that Cyrus is a great person and only pretended he was not Truth for Kris, and they did not try to hurt Roxie: he also says Cyrus is real and that is who she needs to be with. Roxie goes to church and hugs Cyrus and they sing "Let it Shine".


  • Tyler James Williams as Cyrus DeBarge / Truth. He is shown to be musically talented, but likes hanging back in Kris's shadow. His father is a pastor and thus was appointed choir director, but when he rocked up a gospel song, his father was unimpressed. It is stated by him that he felt like "Kris's invisible friend since kindergarten" and is stated by Roxie that while Kris looks awesome, Cyrus looks just the same as always. He works at 'Off the Street, a rapping club which he hides from with father, but his mother knows. His mother is shown to support Cyrus's like in music, and cools down his father when he gets angry. Lyla is always getting his name wrong.
  • Coco Jones as Roxanne "Roxie" Andrews, a famous singer and Cyrus and Kris' friend since kindergarten. Critics don't like her and call her "The singer who can't sing" which Roxie basically ignores. She has a dislike for Lord of da Bling, which is mutual, but Lord of da Bling may see her as arm candy for himself, he even says that he'll take her to dinner in his rap, but he may have just been saying that to annoy her or Cyrus. She stands up for herself in the end, not wanting to wear the ridiculous clothes that Lyla wanted her to wear. She is shown to have a fiery temper and even went as far as slapping Cyrus, when finding out that Cyrus was Truth all along.
  • Trevor Jackson as Kris McDuffy, Cyrus' best friend. He is mistaken for Truth.
  • Brandon Mychal Smith as Lord of da Bling, the antagonist of the story who humiliates Cyrus at the club. Cyrus finally defeats him by revealing his secret: his job as a taxi cab driver.
  • Dawnn Lewis as Gail DeBarge, Cyrus' mother who openly encourages her son to follow his dreams.
  • Alex Désert as Levi, club owner
  • Nicole Sullivan as Lyla, Roxanne's manager and main stylist.
  • Courtney B. Vance as Pastor Jacob DeBarge, Cyrus' father who, throughout most of the movie, believes that rap and hip-hop should be banned from the community. At the end of the movie, after reading Cyrus' lyrics, he accepts his son's love of rap/hip-hop and supports him.
  • Algee Smith as Da Boss, another rapper whom Lord of da Bling defeats in order to make it to the Rap Grand Slam.
  • Shay Roundtree as Rap Battle Host.
  • Hans Daniels as Phantom, a rapper who is defeated in a rap battle by Revelation.
  • Courtney Gray as Revelation, a talented rapper who is defeated by the Lord of da Bling in a rap battle.


The movie's soundtrack features 13 original songs by acclaimed music producers/songwriters/performers Rock Mafia, Toby Gad, David Banner, Andy Dodd, In-Q, Adam Hicks, Lindy Robbins, Dapo Torimiro, Thomas Sturges, Jon Vella and Adam Watts.

The movie was shot in Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.[4] The DVD was released on August 7, 2012.


The premiere of Let It Shine garnered 5.7 million viewers,[5] the high cable rating of the day, and obtained an adult 18–49 rating of 0.9, second only to Family Guy. It was the most watched Disney Channel Original Movie to that point of 2012 and was the #1 movie of the year across kids 6–11, tweens and teens.[6] The Rap Battle Edition, which aired on June 30, was watched by 4.54 million people.[7]


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, Special or Pilot – Leading Young Actor Trevor Jackson Nominated [8]


The movie aired worldwide on Disney Channel. It premiered on June 15, 2012 in United States and Canada, on July 20, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, on August 3, 2012 in India, and on September 28, 2012 in Australia and New Zealand. In Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines it previewed on October 19, 2012 and premiered on November 10, 2012.

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  1. ^ "Let It Shine (Disney Channel)". Archived from the original on 2012-01-08.
  2. ^ "Let It Shine (family.ca)". Archived from the original on June 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2012-02-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Tyler James Williams [@TylerJamesWill] (June 16, 2012). "5.7 million people watched #LetItShine last night. Incredible! Does that mean those same 5.7 million wanna help me wash clothes today?!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2016-08-13 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Disney Channel's 'Let It Shine' Divines 5.7 Million Viewers, Becomes #1 TV Movie of the Year with Kids and Tweens" (Press release). Disney Channel. June 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-27 – via TV By The Numbers.
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'BET Awards' + 'True Blood', European Football, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Real Housewives of NJ' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

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