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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  • 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

  • Barbara Freeman

    The soul is touched beyond words.

  • Sharon Busby

    I saw this on Gaither God Bless America show! Loved the information. Thank you Brother in Christ!

  • kitten

    God's presence gave me gospel bumps and stirred my soul where the Holy Spirit lives.

  • james dotson

    The whole video----this man Mr Wintley Phipps is nothing short of awesome. my hat off to you Mr Phipps p

  • Lynn

    Reaches the Heart of the Soul. Has the power to bring us all together - as 'One'

  • Ganesh Dixit

    Very touching. I felt I was also on that ship with captain John Newton along with Wintley Phipps. May God bless Wintley Phipps and the sould of John Newton.

  • Doris Emerson

    What inspired you about this video?So inspiring that I posted it again this year.

  • chalene murphy

    Oh how this touches my heart!

  • John MacLenzie

    Thank God for for the power of this song and all who sing thus song.

  • Suzanne

    This song has no borders just like the FAITH - I am French from Montreal, Canada and whenever I have a chance I go back to my old mails and listen listen listen to this song which is an enchantment performacewise and musicwise

  • valeria price

    Beautiful, The singing and Music

  • Duane Douglas Wright

    The Holy Spirit is invoked in my soul and makes me praise God.

  • Santo J. Petruso

    My wife of 55 years favorite song and when I now hear it I am very close to her love and beauty.

  • glyn evans

    "Tis a gift to be simple" to quote an old Shaker Hymn. In this simple and beautifully sung delivery, Mr Phipps sincerely conveys his deeply felt spirituality to his flock. He is truly gifted and uses his gift most effectively.

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  • norma bell

    One of the most passionate explanations and delivery of Amazing Grace I ever heard!

  • Nancy Pride

    It touch my soul, God has has given Mr. Phipps an awesome gift that will touch many.

  • Beatrice Petricone

    God sent this song down to all of us to last through eternity. no other song compares to this, and the melody unknown i believe is god who wrote it. praise the lord. amen

  • Diane Atkins

    It is so inspiring and informative.

  • Norman Shbumaker Jr

    Want to use this in a prison ministry. How can I purchase/get a copy?

  • brian omalley

    there ia a kingdom no word or note or mountain or breath was not made by him.

  • Bill Shade

    Mr Phipps voice and the overall message.

  • Ruth

    I am always uplifted by the renditions of Mr. Phipps' spiritual CDs and keep a few in my car. What a wonderful God given voice.

  • Doreen

    Sung from the Soul Praising the Lord,rising above the the Pain, An amazing declaration of Gods Grace.My Grateful thanks .

  • Tereese

    I enjoyed the background information that he shared. Watching him, simply said, was 'Beautiful'. He sung from his spirit, which makes all the difference. I thank God for using him in such a powerful way.

  • Dee Rocca Gravel

    So very Beautiful! Was sung from the debts of his soul!

  • Elisabeth Brusse

    very moving, right from the soal, so beautiful no words for it,Thank you very much!

  • James

    I have always loved that song, that song lead me too Christ over 57 years ago when I was in jail, Been trying to do Gods work ever cents, when I fall I get up and try again with that song in my hart (Amazing Grace)

  • Jeff

    How sweet it sound to hear it. Sing it. I make be white but that was Grace that move slaves to victory and made my hair's stand up. I could listen to "Amazing" Grace all day long. Mr Phipps sing it like it should be. It make you think and say Amen to it.

  • Carol

    I had tears of joy as I listened to Mr Phipps sing Amazing Grace. I have heard this song dozens of times, but never like this. God bless. This was "Amazing". Amen.

  • Marlene Ferguson

    I felt the spirit of god's amazing, that grace that move the slaves to victory. Mr Phipps this is a message to be delivered to future generations over and over just like the black keys on the piano. Awesome!,,, amen, amen.

  • Juanita Newell

    Wow, this was powerful ... enlightening story and magnificent performance. I loved it

  • Vicki

    I teach a confirmation class and the song composer were mentioned in the last class! What an inspiration Wintley is for all! He is a blessing!

  • Pam

    What can you say about such a wonderful message? Except Thank You Jesus!

  • Connie Loudermilk

    What inspired you about this video? It is wonderful to see where the credit really lies. Can't wait to share this with my inner city kids.

  • Candice Carney

    The story behind Amazing Grace wonderful

  • Judy hill

    His voice and earnest prayerful utterance in a song.

  • Sandra

    This brought tears to my eyes. The song has always been a favorite. It has lifted me up from some very dark places in my life. I can't help but to be touched every time I hear it and the history that Wintley Phipps shared about the black keys and the origination of the melody was truly eye-opening. I have heard this song all of my life, but it really touched me at an even deeper level after my 2-year old son died some 40+ years ago and I read the poem, "Monday's child is full of face...Tuesday's child is full of grace..." And, yes--he was born on a Tuesday. God's grace is sufficient...and grace will lead me home! Thank you and Bless you, Wintley Phipps. Keep on keepin' on!

  • Evelyn

    To hear it is all it takes.

  • Harold Dews

    I live in Sydney, Australia and I became fully aware of the Negro Spiritual music when I lived, for 2 years, in Egypt. I was introduced to it by two Americans from Illinois and I have loved it ever since. This item, which I have watched and listened to several times, is just so inspiring. Thank you and bless you for your having it available. Keep smiling. Harold and Marcia Dews

  • Joyce

    I absolutely love this. I never knew that about the Black notes. But someone posted it on my FB page and I learned alot tonight. Beautiful singer. BUT it shouldnt read "Unknown"

  • revginny

    FALSE: Amazing Grace was penned by a slave trader immediately after he survived a horrific storm at sea, his survival prompting him to foreswear his former evil ways and accept God into his life. TRUE: Amazing Grace was penned by a former slave trader, but he continued slave trade for decades after he'd penned the hymn...many works of grace take place in God's patience over decades of time.

  • Dorothy

    How Mr. Phipps amazing and powerful voice and spirit of the moment complemented the words and message of the song. Was like I heard it for the first time.

  • Keith

    Not just the powerful delivery but the story behind it.

  • Jevish

    God loves His children NOT based on their PERFORMANCE but rather as His POSITION as His child.

  • Shekita

    The soul and heart in Wintley's voice and being. So very touching and beautiful! Thank you!!!

  • Marta

    What a voice!!! He sings with all his heart and soul!!!!!!! I love it.!!!! Wintley Phipps with your voice and intelligence can erase prejudice from the face of the earth. With respect and admiration Marta Alvarez

  • Nancy

    This I enjoyed and would like to here it again as Wintley Phipps is the very best man that I ever heard. Please send me this music as I would appreciate hearing it again, many thanks.

  • will dekker

    I love black music

  • Sanford Kirkland

    The story of the black keys and the fact that you can play any Negro Spiritual using only the black keys of the piano, including what Mr Phipps called "Amazing Grace," a White Spiritual. Brilliant story and a compelling heart felt rendition of "Amazing Grace" by Mr Phipps.

  • Joan

    Turn the phone off, relax and take in this fantastic gospel singer, Wintley Phipps. He grips you to your soul and the emotions that come forward make you cry. God Bless everyone..

  • Howard

    When I sing "Amazing Grace," with tears I think of me and the ultimate price Jesus paid for my sins and the sins of whosoever. I feel the same deep emotion when Wintley Phipps sings and I can almost see that creaky, leaky slave ship with its hull filled with that black mass of men and women destined to serve as slaves for the rest of their lives. If we could only travel back into time and welcome each slaver's precious cargo as free families to work at the agrarian toil for which they were imported to the shores of the free and the ,to live in their own houses, educate their own, choose their own careers to work and worship and to enjoy the fruits of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness alongside the settlers who preceded them here to our bountiful shores,how much better life could be for us all. Unfortunately, Amazing Grace would not have been written for all of us to enjoy. If I could have a choice, I would trade the song for the reality of liberty and justice for all,today. I would trade it for crash educational programs that would lift up our black brothers out of the tragic past endured by their ancestors over 160 years ago, stop thinking like slaves and start thinking and living like first class citizens in the twenty-first century. May we all, black and white together in christian love, forgive one another for whatever animosity we have had toward another in our lifetime and march in step together into a future of AMAZING GRACE.


    Very Very Powerful ...

  • Yvonne

    John Newton, a repentant sinner was remorseful, yet the pain is still being inflicted and felt! But God is continually working to change guilty and painful hearts. Thanks for his grace and mercy, we will continue to endure until his good work is completed in us.

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