The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
Touchstone Pictures & Samuel Goldwyn Company
Directed by Penny Marshall
Starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston
Good-natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence while caring for the deprived neighborhood where they live. Furthermore, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays for help — and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley. But Dudley’s arrival seems to be causing even more trouble…
Merv's Roles: ActorArrangerConductorDrum/Perc. ProgrammingMusical DirectorOrchestratorPianist/KeyboardistProducerSongwriter/LyricistVocalist
Merv produced and arranged all of Whitney’s performances in this hit film. He also wrote the lyrics and music for the movie’s featured song, “Who Would Imagine A King?”He also appears in the film as the pianist in the jazz club “Jazzy’s.”
- In the jazz-club scene, Lionel Ritchie takes Merv’s place at the piano. But when Lionel begins to play, he’s actually “miming” to a performance that Merv had recorded previously.
- The soundtrack to The Preacher’s Wife is reported to be the best-selling “gospel” album of all time.