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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  • Ruth Ann Eaton

    Truth revealed.....in such a time as this. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered. Amazing Grace...Come Holy Spirit and enkindle within us the fire of your love...bring forth your Spirit and they will be created....and You will renew the face of the earth. Come Holy Spirit come.....Christians Arise From Your Slumber and do whatever He tells you. Sacred Heart of Jesus and Emmaculate Heart of Mary draw all men unto thyself. Amen and Amen!!!

  • Becky

    Awesome! He brought glory to the Lord when he sung it and the history part I had never heard that before. I am so glad he brought that historical fact to light.

  • Ruth

    I love this song and abhor slavery - black or white. But, remember that it was the blacks that sold their brothers to the slave trade. Whites and blacks were both wrong in this

  • Martie

    What inspired you about this video? The history of the black and white keys on a piano. And if everyone could think and preach and teach like Mr. Phipps, what a more beautiful world we could live in and appreciate what God has intended for us. To live and love one another in harmony. I guess that's why we all look forward to Glory at the end of this life.

  • Jackie

    It was amazing hope you enjoy.

  • Jackie

    Hope you enjoy this.

  • Ralph Blakey

    The "black note" education, the power of the presentation but most of all the black and white mix of Americans in the audience embracing the spirit together.

  • Victoria Lynn Curtis

    I am a white woman from the ghetto of Richmond, CA. My schools were predominantly African American so many of my friends are AA. I got out of the flat lands of Richmond by getting a college education at UC Berkeley with a full scholarship from Chevron because I was poor, smart and driven. I lived next door to an AA Baptist church and heard the music constantly as I was studying. It inspired me to be free. Thanks for asking... Victoria Lynn Curtis, PS I am a top producing Realtor of 28 years now and decided to stay in Richmond cause these are my roots...the experience growing up there formed who I am today, it is in the fibers of my fabric...just moved to the hills for the views.

  • Joe

    I enjoyed the musical intro - I love the pentatonic scale -- never realizing some of the history... I love "Amazing Grace..." This is one of the most incredible versions of I ever heard...

  • Anne Brandt Dias

    It was sung with such passion and feeling - it moved many in the audience and me too. Many thanks to Wintley Phipps for his rendition of Amazing Grace - truly amazing indeed.

  • Don

    My dear friend Jackie who thankfully keeps poking me.

  • Sister M Lorene, CSSF

    Amazing grace in action.....WOW

  • Mary

    I had tears in my eyes before the edn of this presentation. Powerful!! is the only way to describe it. Thank you Wintley Phipps for the song and everything you said. A white sister. Mary

  • Julyenne

    What inspired you about this video?Absolutely, Amazing he is. A terrific, hearted soul. I am so impressed and will keep this video. Never believed in slavery and do not like the thoughts of it. I would follow him from Church to Church, he is surely remarkable and a wonderful, kind, caring, human being. We are all one under our good Lord.

  • Salter

    The idea that slaves were only allowed to use the black piano keys is a myth. The pentatonic scale has been around for thousands of years and Africans were using it before slaves were brought to the Americas.

  • Wendy

    The sincerity, connectedness and knowledge of the person that delivered it. I am not a particularly religious person but I would go to Mr Phipps church anyday. Very powerful.

  • Lisa Woodbrey

    How humbled I am, as I connect to the emotions of the slaves. To feel worry, fear, hope and the love of our Savior. Thanks for this amazing rendition of Amazing Grace.

  • J.S.

    Thank you. A beautiful example of our human determination and our spiritual universality.

  • paulette schroeder

    so very beautiful a sharing.....such profound history and wisdom included. Thanks so much. sr. Paulette Schroeder

  • Grace Gustafson

    This man has been given so much talent from God for which I am sure he is thankful but isn't it wonderful that we are blessed so much by God who sent His Son to the cross to take away all my awful sins and then rose again so that I and not only I but the world can have a home in Heaven. But only to those who believe in Him as our Savior. Please pray for the Christians who are being persecuted in Syria and elsewhere. Thankyou

  • Mervyn Carapiet

    The depth and simplicity that brought out the consumate and liberating love of God. Bless you Wintley Phipps. Mervyn Carapiet

  • Jaya

    Such a stunning version..... thank you so much for recording and posting, this very fine tribute. I had tears in my eyes, such was the power, beauty and rich eloquence.

  • Robert Vincent

    It is my favorite song ever. It touches me every time I hear. God inspires through people and here I see God inspires through Wintley Phipps. Let us be united and make the world a better place to live. Only Christians can do it.

  • Rudy Barizo

    I have tears in my eyes!

  • LORRAINE INGERSOLL

    I was so thrilled --- that this black man --- raised the beauty ---of this song ---so much higher -- than -- I---ever heard--before!! IT WAS THRILLING AND CHILLIING---MY HEART AND SOUL!! NOT TO MENTION -- HIS TALENT-- HE WORKED TO BECOME SO GREAT-- WAS STILL ANOTHER -- thought --I HAD!! WHEN THE BLACK RACE WERE SO ABUSED AND DOWN-TRODEN-- I ONCE THOUGHT--WE WHITE AND BLACK--- ARE REALLY THE SAME WITH ALL GREAT TALLENTS AND OTHER GREAT ABILITIES WHICH EACH RACE--AND OTHER RACES --MUST LEARN -TO DEVELOP - WHEN YOUNG -- TO BECOME -- EDUCATED -- AND REACH TO--BECOME FAMOUS --LIKE MANY HUMAN BEINGS---MUST--DO--TO--ENJOY AND LIVE A BETTER IIFE--RATHER--THAN FEEL---OTHERS --MUST---HELP--THEM!---SURVIVE!! music

  • Judith Jakab

    I'm inspired by Wintley Phipps's commanding presence, articulateness & musical talent, as well as his depth of soul, sweetness & joy.

  • Don Hayes

    Only my skin is white. My heart encompasses the human race.

  • Judith Brown

    When I think of all the suffering that people have had to endure down through the ages...yet can find the willingness in their soul to still bless the Lord, and sing of the Amazing grace of Salvation. That is the miracle that blesses me and fills me with hope, joy, and anticipation of the glory that we will behold someday...soon and very soon...we will meet and walk the streets with so many martyred souls!

  • Carl Webster

    The sincerity of a man who loves God and his fellow humankind. His God given gift, talent, whatever you may call it, of singing and speaking. It is so powerfully inspiring. I feel so filled and blessed as I heard him for the very first time. I am now listening his music and speeches on YouTube and am grateful to my friend Fitz to introduce Mr. Wintley Phipps to me. I feel so humble and honored to have the opportunity to hear this power house of a man a man of GOD.

  • Shirley Russell

    Pastor Wintley has always moved me to the core when he sings but I love his spirit! Bless the Lord!

  • Ann Keel

    IsIt is my favorite song ever. It touches so many people.

  • Helen B. Rutledge

    It is the greatest testimony ever written as to the saving Grace of God.

  • Mary Lou Voyles

    WONDERFUL AND INSPIRITING

  • Norman Shumaker Jr

    Wintley inspired me. In my minds eye I could imagine and see what he talked about and sang about. Please, how can I purchase this video? Norman J. Shumaker, Jr., 229 Lesesne Drive, Sumter, SC 29150, email address: nshumaker@sc.rr.com telephone: (803) 775-0816

  • Don McCaw

    AWESOME! AWESOME AWESOME! And very beautiful as this was from God!

  • Nancy (80 years old)

    Everything. I Sang in the choir many years and the music still makes me cry. Mr. Phipps touched me deeply and everything he said and did lifted my soul. I know he is carrying a powerful message and I wish him many years to fulfill his legacy!

  • Jim

    the depth of its wording and melody to bring about a really moving spiritual moment of presence of a LOVING GOD

  • Larry Sattler

    Music is the universal language of the world. You don't have to understand the language it is sung in to love the music. ( Gods gift to the human race.)

  • Jeanine Peterson

    That the audience was very mixed. That song reaches everyone.

  • Judith

    The beauty of the story and the music. Who couldn't be moved?

  • Karin Clark

    What doesn't inspire me?? Incredible power and beauty that reaches across the universe with Love.

  • Charlsie Stocks

    How humble it makes me feel because He is our Amazing Grace

  • Lyonio Bottacci Nunes

    The strength of the human soul surviving the storms by the power of faith.

  • Sue Higdon Martin

    Mr. Phipps sings with genuine inspiration the message of God's Amazing Grace. It leaves me with such joy to know Jesus died for me because of God's great love for us all. Sue and Ray Martin

  • Bettie

    Thank you for sharing! My soul has been touched again by God's AMAZING GRACE sung my Mr.Phillips.

  • Lorraine

    I was moved to tears. Today is my birthday & I am blessed. What a great God we serve

  • David

    The performance was excellent, and the video would have been inspiring had Mr. Phipps not prefaced his performance with such self-serving dribble regarding the tune's origin. The text by John Newton (1725-1807) and his story of personal and spiritual transformation are well documented. However the origin of the tune is far less clear. It could be West African, or Scottish, or Irish. All that is known is that it was first published in Virginia in 1831. So why fabricate such a story that distracts informed listeners from the powerful message of this song? Just sing it and let God speak. He really doesn't need your political and social commentary. All of that is divisive and just gets in the way of His true message.

  • Velta

    The heartfelt sharing of this amazing hymn. What a voice. Touched my heart.

  • Deedee

    The depth of his singing touched my soul and make me want to keep on this path to see my make. Thank you Jesus

  • c. w. roe

    nonpoliticol

  • Levenia

    One of best Awe-inspiring. Will bring tears to your eyes every .time your hear it. Very moving

  • Bill

    Take the message of this beautiful heart born song and cherish it. Adorn it with nothing else its message, and his soul singing it.

  • Jim

    Connecting with history is Awe-inspiring!

  • Jim Addison

    One of my favorites, done so well. I would have enjoyed it even more if the second verse were included. Jim A

  • Joan

    Truly inspirational. I enjoyed the history of Amazing Grace. May Mr. Phipps continue to inspire everyone.

  • james

    the self-evident hallelujah.

  • Sam

    You are never too old to learn something - Listen and Learn

  • Patsy

    Beautiful. This is a old recording of the Gaithers but i don't remember mr. Phpps. One of the most beautiful songs ever written & by the man who witnessed one of the great tragedies of our great US.

  • Caroline

    I have been a fan of the Gaither Homecoming Troop for years now. I am proud of this group of Christians and the way they bring Spiritual music to their fellow Christians! This is beyond a simple spiritual song...it is the soul searing testament of a man's change in heart! I pray we never forget it was a white Republican President ...Abraham Lincoln who brought the fight to free the slaves and continue to fight that fight today! We continue to bring the original intent of Planned Parenthood into the light as the original intent was to destroy the black population...Margaret Sanger was a white, Communist, Democrat RN..nurse who founded Planned Parenthood for this SOLE purpose...We, Republicans want this horrific organization destroyed forever and with GOD's help we will as a UNITED CHRISTIAN PEOPLE, prevail! AMEN

  • Debbie

    Brings tears to my eyes. And all his people said.......AMEN!

  • Betty

    This was sent to me by a dear friend. So thankful for this and Mr. Phipps message, humor and beautiful voice.

  • Bill

    Besides being beautiful, it reminds me that our great nation was built on diversity, not all of which we can be proud about. Diversity is how all great ideas, organizations and nations are built. And early education is the key to maximizing the benefits of diversity.

  • Hugh

    this was sent to me by a man who is a conservative. and to me a conservative. And yes, we understand, enjoy, exalt, and appreciate the message. While the delivery is of tremendous talent, the message is all encompassing. This is the America I am fighting to get back... An America that knows how to climb a bumpy mountain and a God that lives everywhere, we Americans go.

  • Kenneth V

    The spirit in which the song and message is delivered!

  • Sue S

    Wow! so incredible and beautiful!

  • Pat Nelson

    Everything about this video is inspirational. The story, the music, Mr. Phipps phenomenal voice. That song alone should unite our nation and bring us all together as God's children

  • Herman Gathright

    This song connects to all people even if the seem to be indifferent to it! They quietly respond whit eyes, mouth, and body,

  • sonny wright

    The honest love you can feel makes your heart swell.

  • B. Seifert

    The history -- the rendition -- brought tears to my eyes!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • D. L. PHIPPS

    Wintley has been inspiring audiences for many, many year years now and has brought the theological "good news" to God's Children world wide. He serves to reminds us of the sacrifice some must endure to provide faith and hope to us all! A Brother indeed.

  • Helen Graham

    What inspired you about this video? It's tone, it's message,it's delivery-all were totally uplifting!

  • Helen Graham

    Wonderfully inspiring!

  • freddie cook

    I read Paul De Camp's rebuttal of Wintley Phipps's story. It actually becomes a defense of the tale. The commonality of the black keys melodies between groups of people emphasizes the similarities among the people of the world. So both ideas may be true. The bagpipes are the most mournful sound I have ever heard. Maybe that was the familiar hook that led Newton to write those lyrics.

  • Ed Smith

    This is music I have always admired, especially when played with Scottish bagpipes - since the music was originally a Scot piece... NOT written for black keys! "The now familiar and traditional melody of the hymn was not composed by Newton. A number of different melodies were used at first. The melody we now use is believed to be Scottish or Irish in origin; possibly a bagpipe tune. The hymn is frequently performed on bagpipes and has become associated with that instrument."

  • Elaine

    why is there an issue with this playback? I really wanted to hear it!

  • Annetta Guyer

    Truth - it now has more meaning to me - the real meaning. Amen.

  • Chuck

    I am impressed by Wintley Phipps knowledge of musical history and his sincerity when telling the story and singing Amazing Grace. Thank You!

  • Anna

    Thank you so much for sharing such a touching, beautiful heartfelt performance and powerful message. I wish I could have been there! God Bless you Mr. Wintley Phipps, my brother

  • Jim

    This was my paternal grandfather's favorite hymn. He was a pastor for 60+ years. It was my father's favorite hymn. He was a pastor for 35+ years. It has been a favorite in our family for as long as I can remember. I love the way Wintley Phipps sings it. What a powerful voice the Lord has given him!

  • Mary

    I grew up singing this wonderful song (still sing it), but never knew of it's birth! Thank you for sharing this most enlightening information! It's wonderful!

  • Gladys

    Having taken music lessons and hearing the history about the "black notes" took my imagination to that ship...I was in awe...and had tears in my eyes at the emotion that Mr. Phipps exuded...a song many of us know but with a little bit of history gives it that much more meaning. By God's grace we will overcome the evil in our world today...just shine your light today!

  • Marian Reed

    Its deep feeling and conviction

  • Carmen Gutierrez

    Thank you Brother Phipps for sharing the history of the song. With tears and joy, I enjoyed and rejoice while listening to such and amazing rendition of Amazing Grace. God bless you, your family and your ministry.

  • Avis Holt

    Mostly the story behind Amazing Grace and this man's POWERFUL voice and message.

  • Alicia Alvarado

    Very powerful indeed!! I have never heard it like this!! I love it and thank yo Wintley Phipps!! God bless you abundantly!!

  • Frank

    IT WAS THE MOST POWERFUL PERFOMENCE I HAVE EVERY I JUST WISH EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON COULD SEE IT MAYBE THEY WOULD WAKE UP AND SEE THAT WE DO BELIVE I WILL KEEP THIS IN MY HART FOR YEARS TO COME THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OPENING MY EYES

  • linda quinn

    wonderful perfomence

  • Lee

    Beyond words

  • Norma

    His passion. Gave me goose bumps. Praise God for wonderful men like him

  • jg

    Played piano for more than 70 years and never heard of the black keys and the Black Spirituals.This is truly awesome.There is a God as only this could happen the way it has. Think about it.

  • Maureen Gow Zelmer

    My Dad, W. Neil Gow, played 'Amazing Grace', on his alphorn, on the shores of Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada for over 20 years. We lost Dad a year ago but I'm so uplifted everytime I hear the song!!!

  • BEN PERKINS

    GAVE ME MASSIVE GOOSE BUMPS AND I LOVED HIS ENERGY.. EMOTIONAL PERFORMANCE.. WHEN HUMANS ARE GOOD THEY ARE FANTASTIC..SADLY WE LIVE IN EVIL OBAMA TIMES.

  • John Taff

    This song literally took my breath. Mr Phipps' amazing voice has the power to stir the soul as only a God given gift can do. Thank you Mr Phipps, John Newton and Mr. unknown for this song.

  • Roberta Robertson

    I hope to share this with my 3rd and 4th graders as I have been teaching them about pentatonic scales and melodies. It is also a great documentary to share with students during Black History month.

  • Bob MCILVOY

    My favorite spiritual song for all my 80 years. Brought tears to my eyes. Well presented by Mr. Phipps

  • Bill Danner

    This has been our Family's favorite song for over 75 years, I am just sorry that my parents are not alive to witness the background and the delivery by Mr.Phipps. Just a reminder, we all share red blood regardless of the exterior color.

  • Eli

    Where are the "John Newtons" of today?

  • Diana M Hulme

    Thanks to my friend who shared this with me !

  • Georgia

    What inspired me the most is that,our God is no respecter of a person. Thank God for bro. John Newton bro. Wintley Phipps and believers in Christ Jesus our Savior. For in whatever note or tunes that song was minister, God through his Amazing Grace and love for mankind has never cease. Brother Wintley Phipps one of my all time favorite, gospel singer well known from Carnegie hall and from the Gaither homecoming.

  • Mary

    Knowing the real story about the origin of this beautiful song. His voice was so inspirational and humble. Great voice!

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