A revered “Mother” to many in her community, Lena Mae Perry, 82, has lifted countless spirits with her booming voice as part of The Branchettes, a renowned North Carolina gospel trio. The Branchettes have recorded several studio albums and performed as far aways as Ireland over their 45 year history, but have never recorded a full live album. STAY PRAYED UP offers a heartwarming portrait of Perry as she prepares for a special live recorded performance, which turns out to be the last with her long-time piano player Wilbur Tharpe. An unlikely friendship with Phil Cook, a bandleader and producer half her age, and the surprising aspects of her ministry offer poignant meditations on faith far beyond the church door.

Co-Directors | D.L. Anderson & Matt Durning