See The Light is a new film about Toronto blues & jazz master, Jeff Healey coming soon – Watch trailer
TORONTO, May 3, 2023: The Estate of Jeff Healey and TGTV INC have just announced the production of See The Light: The Jeff Healey Story, the first official feature length documentary film on the extraordinary life and legacy of this music icon.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Toronto based TGTV to produce this documentary. The film will look at Jeff’s remarkable story through new interviews, archival footage and Jeff’s own unique voice.” said Cristie Healey, wife of the late Jeff Healey and Co-Administrator of his Estate.
“This project has been years in the making and we are in the pre-production phase of what will be an internationally distributed film. TGTV and their production team at Eggplant Picture and Sound bring decades of experience to the table,” added Roger Costa Co-Administrator of The Estate of Jeff Healey.
“I have been fortunate to work with Jeff Healey as he left a very memorable and emotional impression on me and this is why I am thrilled to be producing his story in partnership with the key people that knew him best,” said Frank Greco of TGTV.
Born in Toronto in 1966, Jeff Healey’s childhood was shaped by the diagnosis of a rare ocular cancer, retinoblastoma… yet it never broke his stride. Jeff’s jaw-dropping guitar style and soul-drenched vocals saw him rise to worldwide acclaim, multi-platinum sales and collaborations with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, John Mayall, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz and many more.
“Jeff was one of the most unique players of all-time.” says session ace and Toto legend Steve Lukather. “He redefined what the guitar can do and how you can play it. Pure soul and fire.”
Jeff Healey, was a stone-cold phenomenon. Receiving his first guitar at the age of three and he quickly developed a groundbreaking style: by placing the guitar flat on his lap and playing it like a lap-steel guitar. His trailblazing guitar technique drove Jeff’s career through two thrilling decades of material, taking in rock, blues and traditional jazz. With the Jeff Healey Band, he recorded five studio albums and contributed to the soundtrack of the cult classic, Road House (a film in which Jeff was featured prominently alongside Patrick Swayze).
The two-time Grammy nominee and Juno award-winner was also a radio personality, a noted jazz historian and world-famous record collector (owning a collection of ’20s and ’30s jazz 78s that would top out at close to 30,000 records). In addition to his countless recording sessions as a guitarist, trumpet player, singer and producer, Jeff also recorded four albums in the traditional American jazz genre that was so close to his heart. He was a beacon of inspiration to people around the world.
The documentary will cover Jeff ’s life, from his adoption as a baby and losing his eyesight by the age of one, to his untimely death at the age of 41 in March of 2008 – from humble beginnings teaching himself guitar as a child to traveling the world performing for countless appreciative fans. Jeff was raised to believe he had no limits, no problem was insurmountable and he proved that again and again throughout his remarkable life.
“It’s great that his legacy is being kept alive,” says iconic slide guitar player Sonny Landreth. “It’s important to turn the next generation on to people like Jeff. He’s right up there with the all-time greats…”
THE ESTATE OF JEFF HEALEY has worked tirelessly since Jeff’s passing to shine a spotlight on his remarkable life and musical legacy.
TGTV Inc is a Toronto based production company that produces lifestyle series programming, for worldwide distribution and broadcast.
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