STAY TRUE is an inspirational drama about a twelve-year-old boy named Jaylen Percy who strikes up an unlikely alliance with Miles Garrett, a forty-year-old journeyman guitarist.
Miles runs a music store and café called the Rock-n-Soul with his on-again off-again girlfriend Eden. The place has a long history but now struggles due to the changing times in the hard-edged neighborhood where it resides. It’s at the Rock-n-Soul, however, where Jaylen finds refuge from the desolation and urban blight of the surrounding streets. His mother, an aspiring songwriter and guitarist herself, died several years ago and Jaylen secretly longs to hold on to her through music. With Eden’s help, he purchases a used guitar with money earned by selling some of his mom’s old vinyl albums, and he tries to teach himself how to play.
At ﬁrst Miles looks at the young man lingering in the store as an annoyance, but after he sees Jaylen’s determination to learn, he starts to offer some guidance. Through teaching Jaylen, Miles begins to discover a new purpose that reinvigorates his passion for music, something that’s been missing for years. But he soon learns that Jaylen’s life is extremely complex as the boy lives in a parentless home and is being raised by his Uncle Taye, a young man in his early twenties who was once deeply involved in gang life but now works diligently to provide a good foundation for his nephew.
But as much as Taye attempts to keep things on track for Jaylen, violent elements from his former life continue to come back to haunt him. Soon Jaylen finds himself caught in conflicts that are much bigger than a young boy should have to deal with but are unfortunately all too common in the world in which he lives. At the same time, Miles finds his role suddenly much more than music tutor. He has never been very successful at taking care of himself let alone trying to protect a young man who is facing many formidable life challenges.
In light of the current social unrest and racial divide in America, STAY TRUE is a timely story with an ageless message.
Set against the unforgiving urban American streets, the screenplay reflects the struggle to stay true to the positive elements of our shared humanity in a world that often seems wholly intent on corrupting them. Anyone interested in tapping into the liberating grace of music, or reaching youth through a powerful narrative, will find its themes of mentorship, redemption, and transcendence through the process of following one’s passion ringing true throughout a compelling story of hope.
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