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'In Freedom's Cause' Wins Outstanding Production, 3 Other Voice Arts Awards

Contact: Kim Kent,
Michael Foust,

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 19, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In Freedom's Cause, a star-filled family-friendly audio drama that tells the "God story" behind Scottish hero William Wallace, won four Voice Arts Awards Sunday night in Hollywood, including one for Outstanding Production.

Photo: In Freedom's Cause Executive Producer Bill Heid

The project from Heirloom Audio Productions and founder and executive producer Bill Heid follows a boy, Ned, as he tags along with Wallace and watches history unfold while Scotland gains its independence from England. Wallace, who died in 1305, is best known by many as the subject of the film Braveheart. But unlike that popular movie, In Freedom's Cause tracks the historical narrative closely and recounts how Wallace was a strong man of God. 

The Voice Arts Awards are similar to the Oscars, but honors audio arts instead of visual arts. In addition to winning for Outstanding Production, In Freedom's Cause also won awards for:

  • Outstanding Casting, Audio Book (Philip Glassborow)
  • Audiobook Narration, History (Brian Blessed)
  • Outstanding Audio Engineering (Rob Jorgensen)

In Freedom's Cause stars Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates of Downton Abbey), Skandar Keynes (Edmund of The Chronicles of Narnia series), Billy Boyd (Pippin of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) and James Cosmo (Campbell, Father Christmas of Braveheart and The Chronicles of Narnia, respectively). Blessed is the narrator.

All total, Heirloom Audio's projects were nominated for 10 Voice Arts Awards. The Civil War-themed With Lee In Virginia received four of those nominations, In Freedom's Cause six. 

It has been a banner year for Heirloom Audio, which earlier saw its first production, Under Drake's Flag, nominated for two Audies, which also honor the best in audio arts and are similar to the Oscars.

Heirloom Audio's fourth and next project, The Dragon and the Raven, is scheduled to be released later this year. All of the productions are two-CD sets that feature original music and sound effects, along with free study guides and parental discussion starter. They tell the stories of real heroes of history and are based on G.A. Henty books.

"What we're trying to do is put faith back into history," Heid said. "Everything in our world is highly secularized, and the faith of these men has been taken out of textbooks in America and around the world. These projects are all about putting Christ back into history."

The Voice Arts Awards nominees also included such well-known names as Disney, Pixar and Blackstone Audio.