Joyful Noise ....Out in Cinemas January 13, 2012
After the untimely death of a small-town choir director (Kris Kristofferson) in Georgia, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), a no-nonsense single mother of two teens, takes control of the choir using the traditional Gospel style that their Pastor Dale (Courtney B. Vance) approves of. However, the director's widow, G.G. Sparrow (Parton), believes she should have been given the position. G.G. the major donor to their church, comes to believe that a more contemporary sound would be more successful for the choir. Tough times in the town lead to budget problems that threaten to close down the choir, at the same time as the town needs the choir's inspiring music more than ever.
Vi Rose has a son, Walter (Dexter Darden), who has Asperger syndrome, and a talented, pretty and anxious-to-date teenage daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer). G.G. has recently begun caring for her rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). A romance blossoms between Olivia and Randy, who, like most of the young people in the choir, support G.G.'s push to modernize the choir's style. Each of the young people, however, has a rival suitor. Ultimately, the two women overcome their differences and steer the choir toward a slot in the annual national "Joyful Noise" choir competition where they face their biggest competition, the kids of OLPT choir.