Baldwin goes behind camera for faith-based video
Stephen Baldwin (left) partnered with singer Cory Lamb on the video "Break the Cycle"
May 20th, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Baldwin goes behind camera for faith-based video

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) - Singer Cory Lamb’s new single is called “Break the Cycle,” a song about going from the world where you exist for yourself to one where you live for God.

“It’s about being in the world, not of it,” Lamb said recently by phone from New York.

The message of the song resonates with Stephen Baldwin, the youngest of the acting Baldwin siblings and a devout Christian who has been known to share his story of redemption - and his own breaking of “the cycle.”

Baldwin, who says he was born again shortly after the attacks of 9/11, directed the video for Lamb’s debut song on his new CD, also entitled “Break the Cycle.” It’s the first time Baldwin has ever directed a music video. But he seemed unfazed by being behind the camera instead of being in his usual spot out front.

“I was pretty jazzed when someone [from the PR agency both men use] gave me the song,” Baldwin said. “It’s just my natural creative excitement. I got a vision in my head, and pretty much what you see in the video is what came to me the first time I heard the song.”

He said he relied on his experience on sets, as well as his "organic" learning process about how to take what's on paper and in his mind and setting it on film. Baldwin has been in more than 60 movies and said he’s been told many times by producers that he should try directing. Nothing surprised him about the video-making process, he said, except how much fun he had.

Lamb said he loved working with Baldwin, whom he knew as the character “Barney Rubble” in the live-action film "The Flintstones," and had his nervousness quickly allayed when he met the high-intensity Baldwin, who was yin to his low-key yang.

“I’m easygoing and he’s full of energy,” Lamb said. “He really loves what he does.”

The video was shot for the most part with the help of film students at Florida State University.

“They were a real blessing,” Baldwin said. “It was a little bit of a risk to use the kids, but many of them knew as much as the people on the crews of the movies I’ve been in. That’s not an exaggeration.”

Each day, Baldwin would gather together a small group and pray before beginning work. It wasn’t a big group prayer, he said, because he wanted to respect the feelings of everyone on the set.

“We didn’t want to be too forward with the other members of the crew,” he said. “They knew what we were about. I prefer to lead by example.”

Lamb, who defines his music not as Christian per se but as having a positive message, said he was like a fish out of water as an actor. But he said the actor-turned-director got a good performance out of him in typical Stephen Baldwin fashion - with enthusiastic correction.

“He yelled sometimes, but he did it in a loving way,” Lamb said. “He was very driven by his vision.”

Lamb has the potential to act in longer-form projects, Baldwin said. But he’s so impressed by Lamb’s songs.

“He has such vision,” Baldwin said. “And I was totally blown away by his music. He has a very unique sound.”

Their paths will separate for now. Baldwin has been working on two faith-based films, including one called "I’m In Love With The Church Girl." He’s also considering a feature-film directing opportunity. Lamb is focused on touring and, when that is done, wants to go on a mission trip to Haiti with the Christian nonprofit Conduit Mission.

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Faith • Florida • Music • TV

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. chang

    Who is Cizer Sose?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Stephen

    How is replacing one addiction with another "breaking the cycle"?

    June 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • smiley

      Because cory is an uneducated idiot who can't even sing or play an instrument and his rich parents pay for everything. he has temper tantrums when he doesnt get his way. He thinks college is a waste, you can do just fine with out it. he can, cause he's got a record deal on a record label, his parents created for him....just sayin'

      June 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Billy

    I don't really care much for the story but do find it interesting that Steve looks wasted and the picture is taken with a full bar in the background

    June 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    Don't let Christians fool you. They act nice, sure, and they demand that you tolerate their views, but if you don't think like them they believe you're going to hell. Is that tolerable?

    June 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  5. jojo

    Baldwin looks like he just got off a two month bender. I wonder if this piece of crap is tax deductible. Religion pays when it comes to the government. Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  6. PJ

    Is that his boyfriend he is hugging?

    June 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  7. G37FUN

    Is he showing off his tattoo?? Leviticus 19:28: "'You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you. I am Yahweh.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Jeremy

      You need to remember two things:

      1. Stephen Baldwin is a BORN-AGAIN Christian. He did things prior to his conversion that he is not proud of but cannot undo.

      2. Judge not, lest ye yourself be judged.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • hobbitstrong10

      Does this verse really condemn all tattoos?

      Read properly, no!

      Leviticus 19:26-31 deals with pagan practices and God's prohibitions against adopting those practices. In verse 28, God is warning the Jewish people about a pagan practice at funerals, where pagans would mutilate/mark themselves to appease their false gods. The pagans hoped that by cutting themselves and marking images/symbols of idols on their bodies, that they would obtain favour in the afterlife from their false gods, both for themselves and for those who just died.

      June 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • ds

      Leviticus is the third book of the Hebrew Bible, or Christianity's Old Testament. This book explains the rules and instructions for the Priestly class.

      Christians believe that Christ fulfilled these requirements through his death, in becoming the sacrificial Passover lamb. This is why most Christians do not keep to the Old Testament laws and requirements.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Myron

      That's the Old Covenant. We're under the New covenant! Biblically Illiterate. Study what Jesus came to establish!

      June 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  8. r

    Isnt he on drugs

    June 12, 2011 at 3:20 am |
  9. BB09


    June 12, 2011 at 3:16 am |
  10. BB09

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZNjI-4NMFY&w=560&h=349%5D

    June 12, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  11. YANKO


    June 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  12. estebaonginzolaz

    Baldwin looks like and is a dope addict. If not a minimum an achohloic. Da!!!!!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:21 am |
    • Biodome

      And they call Christians judgmental

      June 9, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  13. jack

    Huh? Rick Moranis was Barney in that crappy version of The Flinstones....NOT Baldwin.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  14. Yarah

    God Bless You Mr. Baldwin. Serve Jesus 100% Always.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  15. freelyflowing

    I didn't think this music video was about God at all. Neither was his website. I'm not sure we're CNN is getting these facts, but I'm thinking that this singer is probably not a Christian singer.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  16. HA!

    Wow the haters really came out on this one. They can't even post an article in the religious section on a music video without every lib on the planet somehow relating it to something gay or scandalous. It's just a music video folks. A relaxing spa might do you some good.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Kevin

      I applaud those who speak out against anything religous. Religion, especially Christianity, is a man-made, manufactured means of controlling the masses. Whenever you can get millions of people kneeling, praying, saying, and living the exact same way, you've got some serious power. We don't need religion. We need each other.

      June 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |


    June 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Ron

      http://youtu.be/TiWoNPP_aUA watch fitna movie on youtube

      June 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • ryan

      lolol. What is this posted for? Marijuana? Anyone who demonizes marijuana is speaking the party line, ain't nothing wrong with marijuana. It's like no other drug he listed. It grows out of the ground with ZERO processing. It's one of Gods MANY gifts to us in this crazy world.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  18. john carter of mars

    Stephen Baldwin makes Mel Gibson look sane.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Myron

      I thought only Christians judged people on how they look?

      June 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  19. Don

    Steven Baldwin?? Oh the crappy actor Baldwin brother....

    June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  20. MrMajestik

    OMG, what a horrible human being and then he claims to be a Christian... he is only in there because he can make a buck. Hollywood and New York want nothing to do with him, so he can parley cr@p for a few moronic fans. Oh BTW, your brother Alec kicks a$$ and he fits my political pov just a bit closer.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Bobby

      Man looks at outward appearance but God looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7). You seem quite comfortable to play the role of God.

      June 9, 2011 at 10:49 am |
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