By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Manuel Holliday and Joshua Williams have waited for two years to begin seeing fruits of their labor come to fruition.
That time appears to have arrived.
Holliday and Williams, who form the Christian hip-hip duo Joint Heirs, have one of their songs, "Your Love Holds Me Down," included in the soundtrack of the recently released movie, "A Beautiful Soul."
The song is from Holliday and Williams' debut CD, "It's Official," which was released late last summer. Joint Heirs will also be signing a contract with Spin Records that will place the CD in such major outlets as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy.
"We wrote all of our own music," Holliday said. "The CD was about two years in the making. It takes time in the music industry (for things to come together)."
Not only will "Your Love Holds Me Down" be included in the movie soundtrack, which is about a R&B superstar who experienced fame but lost his spirituality along the way, the song will also be included in a yet-untitled compilation of urban gospel hits.
Williams and Holliday have served as worship leaders for the past decade at Embassy Christian Center in Hannibal. Their faith remains at the heart of their music.
"Our goal and our mission is to let people know they have a natural birthright, to be joint heirs with Christ," Williams said.
Joint Heirs recorded much of their album -- music, beats and vocals -- in Embassy Christian Center's own studio. Both musicians play the piano, sing and rap; Holliday also plays the drums and creates beats.
"We have been blessed," Holliday said.
"And we are excited," Williams added.
Part of the album was also recorded in Chicago alongside its producer, Williams' cousin Roderick Warren, who previously worked with rap impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records.
The CD is also available on iTunes, www.amazon.com and www.cdbaby.com.