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(KUTV) Lex de Azevedo is a musician and composer, who is best known for his work on the popular LDS musical, “Saturday’s Warrior.”
De Azevedo was born with music in his blood. His mother, Alyce King, was part of The King Sisters, a group of singing sisters whose career spanned from the 1930s to 1970s.
He recalls the moment when he knew music was his calling while hearing The King Sisters rehearse.
“I was four and a half and I was sitting under the piano and they sang a harmony and I vibrated,” de Azevedo said. “And from that moment until today, my body vibrates with music and it’s my passion.”
De Azevedo was heavily involved in music from the time he was young.
When he returned home from his LDS mission, he joined Capitol Records as a producer. He was no stranger to Capitol Records.
“I’d done, as a pianist, recording sessions at Capitol when I was in the 11th grade,” he said.
But being at Capitol Records wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for the young LDS man.
“I found myself as a returned missionary at Capitol Records working with artists and groups that were smoking dope in sessions and things,” he said.
De Azevedo says he was encouraged to go out to clubs and spend money. “I realized as a returned missionary I was in the employ of–alright, can we just talk bluntly? Satan,” he said.
So he left Captiol Records with the idea that he would produce music for the LDS community.
“I was driven to do it,” he said. “I would rather work to make a difference in the world than make money.”
Perhaps his most well-known LDS project is “Saturday’s Warrior,” which he wrote as a stage play around 1972. “It was a pioneer work,” he said.
For the past 40 years, people have asked him to turn it into a story for the big screen, but he resisted. “I didn’t anything could be made that would rival the impact of the original stage play,” de Azevedo said. “I didn’t want to just make a film because to me ‘Saturday’s Warrior’ was hallowed ground.”
De Azevedo said he finally made the decision to turn “Saturday’s Warrior” into a movie while he was in Brazil.
He and his wife had sold everything so they could go to Brazil and start building a LDS Church.
“One night, a voice came to me and said, ‘Go home and make “Saturday’s Warrior,'”he said.
De Azevedo and his family went home to Utah and started working on it.
Once he decided to do it, de Azevedo says everything started falling into place and he could figure out how to make the play into something fit for the big screen.
“There has been no doubt in my mind that it was a divine plan behind this to reach generations today,” he said.