Let It Shine

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Let It Shine (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Let It Shine” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2012. It is a musical drama film that tells the story of a talented but shy teenage rapper named Cyrus DeBarge (played by Tyler James Williams). Cyrus is passionate about music and songwriting but lacks the confidence to share his talent with the world.

The film centers around a songwriting contest held by a famous music producer named Roxanne Andrews (played by Coco Jones). Cyrus secretly enters the contest using a pseudonym, Truth, and submits a song that speaks from his heart. Roxanne is impressed by the song and decides to include it in her new music video. However, she mistakenly attributes the song to Cyrus’s best friend, Kris McDuffy (played by Trevor Jackson).

As the story unfolds, Cyrus finds himself torn between revealing the truth about the song’s authorship and keeping his identity hidden. He must navigate through the challenges of fame, friendship, and self-discovery as he tries to find the courage to stand up for his own talent and dreams.

“Let It Shine” is not only a musical journey with catchy songs and captivating performances but also a coming-of-age story that explores themes of identity, authenticity, and the power of self-expression. The film’s message encourages viewers to embrace their true selves, follow their passions, and let their light shine.

Throughout the movie, Cyrus faces obstacles and learns valuable life lessons about honesty, integrity, and the importance of staying true to oneself. With the support of his family and friends, he finds the confidence to pursue his dreams and confront the challenges that come with them.

“Let It Shine” received praise for its positive and empowering messages, as well as its talented cast and entertaining musical numbers. The film has resonated with audiences of all ages and continues to be celebrated for its uplifting themes and catchy music.

Additional Details


  • Tyler James Williams: Cyrus DeBarge/Truth
  • Coco Jones: Roxanne “Roxie” Andrews
  • Trevor Jackson: Kris McDuffy
  • Brandon Mychal Smith: Lord of da Bling
  • Dawnn Lewis: Gail DeBarge
  • Nicole Sullivan: Lyla
  • Courtney B. Vance: Pastor Jacob DeBarge
  • Algee Smith: Da Boss
  • Shay Roundtree: Rap Battle Host
  • Hans Daniels: Phantom
  • Courtney Gray: Revelation


  • Director: Paul Hoen
  • Producer: Amy Gibbons and Paul Hoen

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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.