At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, "A lot of people don't realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that's in bondage. And we feel it. We feel it. It's just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history." After sharing the noteworthy history of the song, Mr. Phipps delivers a stirring performance that brings the audience to its feet!


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  • sonny

    my mother loved this song and I loved my mother. I took her to her grave to this song.

  • Travis

    Great history lesson... the melody being a lament from blacks but the words redeeming it from whites... imagine that!

  • Jiro

    I loved the sound of the music on this video

  • Mary

    The song Amazing Grace, the history of the song..

  • Irene Madrid

    I believe there is always hope in the human spirit with this song.....weeping openly thinking about newton's message with the horror of today. keep the Faith. Resist, Rise, Revolt, Remediate for the People.

  • Veronica Moyer

    What inspired you about this video? We are All One of the Same by Christ's Blood. Mr. Phipps is a great witness of the Lord's AMAZING GRACE, by using his great gift from the Lord (his voice) to reaffirm this! PTL


    Studied John Newton after he was a slave captain on a slave ship. His guilt overwhelmed him and he became something considerable lower than a captain. worked in a church in England at menial jobs that no one else wanted. Became very mild and modest. No pride in his wonderful song "AMAZING GRACE'. He was man of strong faith and must remember to look him up in heaven.

  • Nelson

    Love the historical and musical perspective in the introduction followed by the beautiful rendition by Mr. Phipps.

  • Hilde

    It amazes me - touched me deep = again and again - over and over - every time I hear it sung. Specially this time by Wintley Phipps (what a voice). Beautiful presentation.

  • Susan

    One of those songs that brings the Holy Spirit upon you and fills your heart so full of joy it brings tears to your eyes.

  • Rita Benacquista

    Recognizing our Divinity and our Oneness....and as we recognize our own inner Light, we will see the Light in others. And if we fail to do so, it is an indication that we do not feel worthy, which has ntohing to do with our neighbor!

  • kenneth crow

    I pray for those sorrowful souls, this hymn will live on forever. What a beautiful and heartwarming performance

  • Randy Watts

    Wintley Phipps provided all the inspiration I will need for a long time!

  • Albert Howard

    This song - amazing Grace - has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It's so refreshing to learn something new about it's origin from Mr Phipps. God bless you brother.

  • olie carlson

    Mr Phipps words of wisdom and his beautiful voice....He is a Gift From God....

  • Frances Dismore

    This has always been my favorite song and Mr. Phipps has the best voice to sing Amazing Grace. No one cansing it better than Mr. Phipps.

  • Joey Owen

    The entire thing....What A Man Of God and Speaker. Lord, when I grow up I want to be just like him!! I hope to meet him face to face in Heaven.. Thank you Jesus for this opportunity.



  • Marie

    Everything about it. His warm, loving, fun Spirit. His explanations and knowledge he passed on about the 5 black keys. His wonderful, touching singing.

  • gideon

    everything inspired me about this video especially the powerful observation that the colour of the skin is only peripheral to human existence, Gideon, Trinidad & Tobago.

  • Kanani

    Wow! An African Sorrow Chant. It stirs the spirit, brings people together throughout the world. So moving. I love how this is sung, I can feel the slaves & their pain. Thank you lord for an amazingly powerful song that has survived time.

  • Carole

    everything....loved goose bumps all over and tears pouring down my cheeks....and the whole audience was so Spiritual...and all I was also.

  • Joette

    We don't know this slave's name, but we know that his/her words have touched millions of hearts. We'll surely get to know this person when we enter heaven's gates.

  • Ann Seren

    What moved me even more than the music was watching Black and White folks sitting together physically and emotionally while we now are living through the Presidency of a disruptive and dangerous man who wants to take us backwards in so many ways...Truly time to pray.

  • Diane

    The sorrow melody

  • zaqzoqa

    شفط الصرف الصحي بالدمام اقبل الشتاء وسيواجه اهالى مدينة الدمام مشكلة من اصعب واخطر المشكلات المتعبة أولها انسداد بيارات المجارى وانسداد شبكات الصرف الصحى وهى المواسير و يعانى من هذة المشكلة الجميع ويظلون فى البحث عن شركة رائدة متخصصة فى اصلاح كافة المشاكل الخاصة باعطال انسداد المجارى ونحن شركة تسليك مجارى بالخبر لدينا من الخبرات الكبيرة التى نكتسبها من اعمالنا السابقة نؤكدلك عملينا العزيز أننا وبكل جدارة وخبرة افضل شركة تسليك مجارى بالدمام رخيصة التكلفة وفى نفس الوقت ماهرين فى العمل تعمل الشركة بافضل الطرق الحديثة والاساليب المتطورة علي ايدي افضل العاملين والمتخصصين في هذا المجال حيث ان الشركة تمتلك طاقم عمل مدرب علي اعلي مستوي علي ايدي خبراء ماهرين وفنيين محترفين حيث لاتتواجد هذه المواد الخاصة بالعمل الا داخل شركتنا فقط وهذه واحده من اهم ما يميز افضل شركة تسليك مجارى بالدمام عن غيرها من باقي الشركات الاخرى المنافسة فى المجال كما يوجد لدينا العديد من الخصومات الهائلة فنقدم خدماتنا باقل الاسعار التى تتناسب مع جميع عملائنا الكرام يوجد لدينا فنيون ومهندسون وخبراء مدربون على اعلى مستوى وذلك حيث يمكنهم معرفة تحديد الاسباب التى تتسبب فى انسداد المجارى ولان من اصعب الاشياء هو انسداد المجارى الخاصة بالمنزل فهو يوقف الحياه بالمنزل و يتسبب فى مشاكل فى غاية الخطورة لاننا دائما نستعمل الحمامات والمطابخ وعند انسداد المجاى تتوقف الحياه كما ينتج عنها الروائح الكريهه التى تضر بالمنزل وايضا انسداد المجارى وذلك ينتج عنها اضرار خطيرة بالمنزل نفسه من تسربات بالمياه وتحت البلاط وتسربات بالجدران فلا تقلق عملينا العزيز من كل ذلك فلدينا المهارة والخبرة العالية فى اعمالنا لحل كل ذلك . شركة تنظيف منازل بالجبيل شركة تنظيف فلل بالجبيل شركة المثالية للتنظيف شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض شركة صيانة مسابح بالرياض شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض

  • Ronald Lauland

    Ever since I first received this message I have listened to this man sing over 100times. I am an 83 yr. old white man. This man has inspired me more than any other singer in my entire life. I want this piece to be sung at my funeral ceremony. God has truly blessed this man. I wish I could afford to have him sing in person at my burial. I have told so many people about this man. His singing is one of God's gift to me.

  • Liz Mitten Ryan

    I have such hope for humanity after watching this site. God bless us every one!

  • Joyce

    The empathy with the suffering slaves. Never heard anything so powerfully truthful and profoundly sad. And the revelation. WOW. Speechless!

  • mary

    The sincerity of Mr. Phipps, the story and his beautiful voice. You can tell GOD is with him.



  • Paunee Uberuaga

    I was inspired by his voice to get up and help others

  • Gloria

    The explanation of how the song came to be written was very powerfully and amazingly shared!

  • Greg

    Everytime I hear this song it brings tears to my eye, you see a few years ago I was in a bad car wreack and I should of been killed, but Thanks to the Amazing Grace Of The Lord he saved me.Shortly after I recovered I gave my life over to are Lord and Saver Jesus Christ.

  • Millie

    By God's amazing grace!

  • Karen

    Beautiful-says it all

  • Judy Ford

    Breathing .... God Bless America .....please try to save us with this remarkable song. Amazing Grace . . . GODBLESS US ALL! When I leave to walk the grounds of God ..... Please sing this song ..... in black keys only!

  • Jewell

    Brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it. So beautiful and gives us hope .

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  • Lee

    What inspired you about this video?Everything! It is so encouraging,even when I feel down and out, and nobody else seems to care about my problems, Wintley reminds me in this song someone cares all of the time. Thanks for your website and this information.

  • Wyllee

    The best explaination I ever heard of the song. The rippling waves of the water as Wintley sing the song. His sincerity as he explains how God have changed his life. Thanks for your uplifting to President Obama,others,as well as myself. Where can I find his music?

  • Sandra

    He sings from so deep inside his Soul that my soul resonates in harmony with his voice!!!!!

  • Ralph Abad

    history, music and anti trump I hear an AMEN !

  • Jan

    Did you know that Amazing Grace was adopted by the Cherokee Nation before the Trail of Tears -around 1863 I believe - may have gotten the year wrong. The Eastern Cherokee version is beautiful. Perhaps the best known native singer is Walela. You will love the native American version and graphic effects. I think whoever sings this song from his heart truly at that moment knows himself as soul. Thank you, Mr. Phipps... still teary eyed.

  • Cindy

    This is my favorite song of all and the song makes me cry every time I hear the song. It is just beautiful and I never get tired hearing this song. I also love David Doring who plays Pan Flute on this song is just amazing grace and love it. This song capture my heart deeply with my appreciation to God for being there for me each and every day.

  • Klara van der Molen

    Tears continue to flow as I listen to this interpretation of Amazing Grace, and as I am brought to understand once more our God in all of this, one beautiful blended people under His grace of LOVE.

  • Sharon Garrett

    Jesus how beautiful this is!!

  • Beverly Brownlee

    So touching beautiful

  • Rev Broadus

    The passion and the knowledge of what he was singing . and that voice that brought it together

  • Lorna Hackman

    The haunting melody, and the words, brings tears to my eyes. I can feel the sorrow of all those slaves being brought over to the States. Mr. Phipps brings it all to life in his beautiful singing voice. Wonderful

  • Mike O

    What inspired me about this video? Some question, hey? How about 110% of it. I can see how it is that 5 million folks have seen this; just one shot ought to convince anyone that they might be missing out on something (someone) when they hear this. wow! I wish that this video could be replayed so many times for those who have not heard it.

  • Walter

    Makes every nerve feel the strength of WE ARE ALL CONNECTED !!!!! Beautiful

  • Michael

    That was great and very touching.

  • Michele

    I Thought It was Inspiring & Moving.

  • Vukani

    This is beautiful wow.

  • Shirley Bush

    Always enjoy learning something. I knew about Amazing Grace and John Newton, but had never heard of the "slave scale". Amazing performance by Phipps.

  • Margaret Gamble

    My God! I have learned something more about our history! It is earth moving! I hope our children (this new generation} are aware of the significance of this song! and

  • evelyn

    What inspired you about this video? I always knew the song was written by John I love he puts his heart and soul in Amazing Grace. My nephew shared it with me..

  • Elizabeth R. Rich

    I like Mr. Phipps' interpretertion of Amazing Grace.

  • syrella

    The melody, truth, spiritual reaction and the Lord. Very powerful.

  • rex

    he arrested the attention of the audience. he has used a lot of techniques to attract the audience and singing ability to hypnotize the gathering ....

  • BRSullivan

    Each time I hear & see this video with Wintley Phipps I am blessed!!! He has a voice that is a gift. His life's story is just as Amazing!

  • Lea Dmytryck

    The history, the presentation AND THIS VOICE!!!! WOW!!!! I will remember this every time we sing this hymn in our choir!

  • Fred Rogers Humes

    It's absolute pureness of heart and feeling!

  • paul puletti

    The knowledge that many of of the millions of U.S. blacks continue to be dragged down by the invisible millstone of black slavery.


    EVERY THING. AMAZING love quotes for him

  • Annette

    I as a white person adore the rendition of AMAZING GRACE and the beautiful singer who made mad me cry singing it, God doesn't see any colour we are all his children Amen

  • Hatwoman

    Beautiful rendition of 'Amazing Grace' by Wintley Phipps! I'm puzzled by Liz's comment that he said "slaves were not allowed to use the white keys." I listened to his comment repeatedly. Wintley Phipps never said that. What he said was "just about all the Negro spirituals were written on the black notes of the piano." That's because those 5 black notes are known throughout the world including Africa as the Pentatonic scale. Although very old it was unknown in early America until introduced by those who arrived as slaves, so that is why it became known as the "slave scale". The conversion of John Newton from slave ship owner to Christian and his authoring of 'Amazing Grace' are explained in the 2006 film of the same name, 'Amazing Grace'. It's a beautifully haunting depiction of the history of how the slave trade became illegal in Britain due to the efforts of several, including John Newton, but especially by British Parliament member, William Wilberforce. Worthwhile viewing for everyone!


    Liz, is that what you got out of Mr Phipps story. You can't change history. I enjoyed every bit of it. I white and I saw no malice in his story. You need to adjust your attitude.

  • Liz

    Why would someone insert the ridiculous sentence "slaves were not allowed to use the white keys." into this story? It is not in the original text! I deleted it before I forwarded to many friends who really appreciated this wonderful story. Just someone trying to stir up trouble???

  • Renee Riendeau

    The man, the voice, the memories of all loved ones passed over as he sang...what a magnificent spirit!

  • Jim Gray

    First it is a wonderful story. I didn't know about the black notes or really anything about negro spirituals. But, the most wonderful part is the grace that ties us all together red and yellow, black and white, free or slave, God loves us all just the same. Wintley's story and his rendition of Amazing Grace is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • kamna

    It's an all time favourite ---- beautiful rendition

  • Pam

    I don't think its sad at all. The slaves sang all those beautiful black spirituals because they were NOT free and these songs and GOD gave them HOPE! So I think they are really spiritually Happy, Hoping, and Dreaming songs! They knew they'd be FREE in Heaven! We will ALL be! We WILL ALL MATTER THERE! Do you realize that the thousands of angels in Heaven are there to SERVE JESUS, not us, but the LORD!

  • Margaret

    My Grandmother used to sing this song when I was a toddler and I used to cry and begged her to STOP! It is the saddest thing that I ever heard. It still makes me cry. I feel sooo much saddest in my soul. My grandmother is gone now, but the effects of that song still remains.

  • Kara Lyn Roundy

    W O W ! Complete and total tears! WINTLEY, YOU ARE DIVINE! ABSOLUTELY, UNEQUIVOCALLY DIVINE! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This BEAUTIFUL link was in an email in my inbox for over a year - and somehow I never opened it - until today! I deleted and organized thousands of emails - and that's when THIS email that was lost - was suddenly found! How amazing and also divinely-guided! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 I'm also a pianist / singer / celebrity impersonator and performer. And years ago when I lived in Manhattan, I had the privilege of also performing at Carnegie Hall with our Manhattan Stake Choir for Easter! What a connection here. I just LOVE you! I KNOW that God continues to bless your beautiful soul!!!! And look at all the other beautiful souls here on the planet AND IN HEAVEN, who you are touching so brilliantly with HIS LOVE, LIGHT, INTELLIGENCE, SENSE OF HUMOR, AND CERTAINLY THROUGH YOUR BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF MUSIC!!!! You are unstoppable. I can't wait to meet you some day soon!! Lots of Love, Kara Lyn Roundy!

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  • Absalom Jr

    My father could not read nor write, but he remembered Amazing Grace and could sing most of it. He is still my hero, he left us in 1988 @ 86yrs I hope to rejoin him someday.

  • linda

    The story and song have been my inspiration for many years. Wintley Phipps is the only singer I've heard that does it justice.Thank you

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  • Loree

    A totally awesome song. John Newton (the writer) realize the footsteps he wS following was wrong and he right his wrong.

  • Carol A Masterson

    My favorite song. So awe inspiring. Enjoyed this immensely!

  • Ellen

    God's presence is everlasting and we just have to open-up our heart to receive it!

  • Jan

    I love gospel music and many of my younger years listening to the Nicodemus Gospel Choir as many of my friends sang. I grew up just a few miles from Nicodemus,KS. They have the finest bar bq and the best choir in northwest KS. bty i'm white

  • Lillian

    Amazingly powerful

  • KThy

    l love love hearing her sing

  • Bruce Runnels

    He had to be inspired by Mahalia Jackson, the greatest gospel singer of all time. Beautifully done.

  • Dave Schwep

    Beautifully done as Wintley Phipps possesses in his heart the message of God's Grace. Grace is a wonderful acronym : God's Riches At Christ's Expense - and it is a free gift to all :-)

  • Dave Schwep

    Absolutely beautifully done as Wintley Phipps possesses in his heart the message of God's Grace. Grace is a wonderful acronym : God's Grace At Christ's Expense :-)

  • simpattyco

    positivity we are all in it together why must there be hate

  • Diane

    This has always been my favorite hymn. I got goose bumps when Wintley sang this most beautiful song. He has been blessed by GOD with a beautiful voice. This is my first time hearing him sing and I enjoyed it so much.

  • j taber

    He said the word, "negro"....and it didn't bother me a bit. It has no negative connotations, unless you are racist. I have a warm and loving feeling in my heart when I heard the words, "negro spiritual". Thank you Lord we can literally be "color blind"!

  • Charles

    Unfortunately, his history of the song is very flawed. John Newton had suffered a stroke in 1754 so could no longer captain a slave ship after that; he wrote the words of Amazing Grace in 1772, died in 1807. The music (popular song named "New Britian") was assigned to the words in 1835 by William Walker. John Newton died long before the music was ever associated with his words!

  • george Braith

    The Melody inspired me.

  • Janet

    Amid the anger and unrest in today's world, it was good to know there is still a place where one can believe in the values of humankind without apology.

  • Vernetta

    I love his knowledge regarding Black Music. And his voice is heavenly!!!! Thanks for sharing your gifts with so many of us that really appreciate you:)

  • Ruth

    He sang it with such sincerity, it was sung straight from the heart.

  • jean bowen

    I felt the spirit of God through this amazing man. Music is the way to turn a harden heart back to the Christ Jesus who paid our price for eternity. Who said old Negro spirituals and old hymns need to be replaced: Not I. Just singing the words of older hymns puts you at the feet of Jesus

  • Gloria Ulery

    All of it.Was so beautiful that it touched the soul.

  • Fred Ingram

    I had to find a piano and play it on the black notes only unbelievable I had it played at my late wife Lesley's funeral My youngest Grandaughter has inherited perfect pitch from my Father and plays by ear almost self taught . Now she is an accomplished pianist at 14 yrs of age No one could be prouder the me. Thanks be to our Lord

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