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Moss Point native's music selected for Spike Lee film

Jerry Thompson, AKA Jasiel Ace, has written and produced dozens of songs. (Photo source: WLOX) Jerry Thompson, AKA Jasiel Ace, has written and produced dozens of songs. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

In just a few weeks, a Moss Point native will be getting the silver screen treatment. You won't see his face, but his music will take a prominent role in a Spike Lee film coming to theaters.

Jerry Thompson, AKA Jasiel Ace, has written and produced dozens of songs. He says his music is about more than just sounding good.

"I'm not a fan of just rapping to rap, or even talking to talk. Everything that I do, I want it to have a purpose," said Thompson.

Knowing his love for producing music, Thompson's brother let him know about a post from Spike Lee in February of last year. It was asking for music submissions for an upcoming film called 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.'

"So, I sent in everything. And I actually forgot about it," said Thompson.

He forgot until he got an email a few weeks later out of the blue.

"And it said, 'You've been selected.' So, you know, like most people, I didn't read the entire email. I ran to my brother and I said, 'We made it! We made it!'"

After reading further into it, he realized that he had made it into the semi-finals. He was happy with that result, but wanted to make it even further.

Then another email came. This time from Spike Lee himself.

"And I told my mom, I said, 'Mom, Spike Lee just emailed me.' She said, 'Well, did you email him back?'"

He quickly responded to Lee and after some exchanges, Thompson got the news he had been wanting to hear.

"He said, 'I want your song in my movie.' He said, 'Let's make this happen,'" remembered Thompson.

He was invited to the New York premiere where he got to see the movie that featured his song and meet Spike Lee in person.

"The legend, Spike Lee, told me that I had a really great song. That meant a lot to me," said Thompson.

Throughout the process, Thompson said he's always had his family by his side. His father, Jerry Senior, pastors the New Covenant Community Ministries in Moss Point where Thompson now works with youth.

"I just wish I'd had the knowledge and understanding that God has given him at 24. So we're very proud of that. Very thankful for him getting in there at a very early age," said Thompson, Sr.

It's that knowledge and understanding that Thompson wants people to take from his music.

"You know, you can grab all of these things in life. But, until you touch people; that's really what's going to last," said Thompson.

Thompson was one of 12 artists selected to be on the film's soundtrack out of more than 800 submissions. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus hits theaters on February 13th.

Thompson's song "They Say" is featured in the film and is now available on iTunes.

To find out more about Thompson, visit https://www.facebook.com/JasielAce and https://soundcloud.com/jasielace/sets/the-idtape

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