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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  • Carolyn Achata

    The sound stopped halfway through.

  • BARB

    THE FACT A CAPTAIN OF A SLAVE SHIP WROTE THE WORDS MAYBE THERE IS HOPE FOR THIS WORLD

  • jackie green

    it's my favorite song, I cry when I hear it. I love the way he sings it.

  • Nancy

    I've read the book "Amazing Grace". I love the song and appreciate it even more to understand thte origin of the melody.

  • Fred Harp

    I havee heard the story but I still get chills and tears

  • Ms. Mary L. Hawkins

    I think the most amazing thing that inspired me about this video of Mr. Wintley Phipps is his marvelous way of teaching and delivering knowledge without even trying....you can't help but pay attention to this wonderful way of showing and telling about history in a very non-threatening and instructional way....thank you Mr. Wintley Phipps....God continue to bless you in a very marvelous way....

  • Linden

    It is truly amazing that a Southern American tune(first published with these lyrics in 1835)is such a perfect match for a poem written by a reformed English slave trader in 1779. This five-note scale was widely used in the American South at the time, probably by both black and white communities and churches. The music transcends color!

  • stef h

    Amazing Grace was just a hymn for me to sing, but as of now I will sing it with a renewed spirit. will share this with as many of my family and friends as I can. how utterly amazing.

  • Sandy

    Thanks for sharing - I absolutely had shivers.

  • Ginny

    I had tears in my eyes by the middle of the song. Yes, the Grace of the Lord is for all.

  • Claire

    All of it! His rich voice, the amazing story, the presence of God throughout. Brought tears.

  • Mickey

    It overwhelms me with the Grace of The Lord. This is so inspirational !! Mr. Whintley Phipps is so anointed and sings this with an amazing voice. I love to listen to him!! He is so filled with The Holy Spirit!

  • Catherine I. Coleman

    I will make the Lord my music..I will make His love the key...which turns my heart " <3 " to Him.... and give my life it's harmony...Glory to you Lord. You are amazing...We are saved by your Grace.

  • Dennis Johnston

    We are all God's children. This man, Mr. Phipps, just brought us somewhat closer to what our Lord wants from all of us.

  • Gerry

    Very. Special video .musically Gave me a glimps of what black pride could be like. Despite difficulties experienced as slaves progressed in society to produce such a masterpiece. Very emotional

  • VERN

    THAT SONG REALLY ISN'T ABOUT BLACK OR WHITE IT IS ABOUT, WE ALL OUR WRETCHED SINNERS!!! IN NEED OF GOODS MARVELOUS GRACE.SO MANY MISS THE MEANING OF THE WORDS OF THAT SONG AND HEAR THE MUSIC ONLY.

  • Sandy

    WOW! As a young girl, my father sang this song and I loved it then. Today, I know the true meaning and cherish the song even more. God Bless us all and keep us united. Sandy

  • Vera Saville

    The entire event with the history and the reaction of all God's children white or black touched my deepest soul. This is what I hope heaven is about. At a time like this, we need more events to bring us together. Amen

  • MARIA LESSIRE

    The God's glory and His Love for all people <3 <3 <3

  • rich

    Amazing Grace.

  • Laurie Ward

    everything, amazing!!

  • Jim Allen

    Amazing message of what is promised to all of us...."If" we trust & obey the words from the most wonderful book....The Bible.

  • Yvonne

    He is able to reach right into your heart and give you that special gift of his voice.

  • Frances

    He is really great. Loved it.

  • Peter Pate

    This man has a fantastic way of getting the message out, and also very informative, as I had never heard this about the black keys (notes) on a piano. Utterly fantastic voice and message.

  • Linda

    Wonderful rendition

  • Larry Morrow

    The spirit behind the video inspired me, which would be the Holy Spirit. This is a wonderful lesson and encouragement that we are all one in Christ as Believers. God has no favorites when it comes to color or nationality, only Faith moved Him. God Bless you hearers and may you absorb that Amazing Grace for yourself.

  • Georgia

    so heartfelt and inspiring!!!

  • Pat Rigdon

    It's about all our histories . It makes up for all the hardships that went into making the United States the great Country that it is. We all,black and white have fore fathers who came here. Poor, Chained one way or the Other who worked heart and soul to be free.God,please let us never forget what that means. Keep us free Dear God and don,t let us destroy what they worked so very hard for.

  • Roger

    This Man is a true Man, has the voice of a Heavenly Angel. Thank You Sir for lifting my soul and happiness.

  • Bob

    this intire video inspired me! But it's the Holy Spirit moving through out this video

  • John

    Somebody send this to the current President of the United States; it shows something he desperately needs to know. Slavery is over and we all understand it now - and we all celebrate equality / which is already here.

  • dawn taylor

    The annointing is definately upon Mr.Phipps life!!.

  • Laurie

    It touches my heart.

  • james

    What inspired you about this video? Wintley Phipps rendition of Amazing Grace must be the most powerful sermon ever sung! May these black notes ever resonate in our lives through God's Holy Spirit.

  • Anthony B

    I have heard a lot of hymns sung, including Amazing Grace, but the one sung by Mr.Phipps stands above all of them. I had tears in my eyes and the song pierced my heart and made me think. He is the greatest.I also learned about the black keys and the white keys on the piano.May GOD Bless Mr.Phipps

  • Diana M

    This fusion of truth brings God glory as this skilful rendition not only brings together race, culture and the family of God, but evokes in our imagination, a sound so authentic, that with eyes closed we can hear the bellow out of the hull of a slave-trader, holding it's voice for the slaves entrapped today. God bless you Mr Phipps.

  • ray

    who can hold back the tears when they hear'amazing grace?'. thank you mr phipps.

  • Harriette Curry

    With this new technology, a friend shared History with others. I am thankful> I learned about the 5 black notes used by slaves on the keyboard.

  • Gerald Braunstein

    I've been playing the piano since 1950 and the first songs I played by ear (not note-reading) were Negro Spirituals. But I just learned about the "black notes only" today. Life is only worthwhile if you learn at least one new fact each day. I am not religious. I guess today it's politically correct to call me a secular-humanist.

  • Helen

    Amazing indeed. How powerful and majestic. Brings to mind Paul Robeson. An inspiration to all, black, white, Christian, non-Christian. We are a human family.

  • S. Selewonik

    the incredible power of Mr Phipps in his delivery of the story and the singing of such a powerful gospel song..... that I have heard for years and never heard it with such strength.... nor did I hear of the history of the black notes either.... It was enlightening and totally UPLIFTING.....thank you for making it available....

  • clara hardy

    That is the most moving rendition of amazing grace that I have ever heard. Mr. Phipps is a very inspirational artist. God bless you sir. Listening to that very wonderful rendition of one of my favorite hymns sent chills to my soul. Thank you and again God bless you

  • Boyd

    I BELONG TO THE SAME CHURCH AS THIS amazing SINGER. HE NEVER LIFTS SELF---GIVES ALL THE GLORY TO OUR GOD---AND RADIATES THE LOVE FOR JESUS.....SUCH A HEAVENLY VOICE! This was a true blessing. CB

  • Christine

    Surprise

  • Luther (Walter) Foust Jr.

    This same dear Saint is of the same Faith as I..(Seventh day Adventist). He is a Pastor and an excellent singer...I use to play his video from over in Jerusalem to my late Dad Luther...a yr. before his death. Dad grew to love this Man just as I have. If Mr. Bro. Phipps should ever come near Lubbock...I hope & Pray he will come visit us some great getting up morning Sabbath. What a Blessing this would be...AMEN!

  • marilyn

    His voice is so majestic, it pierces the soul.

  • rosamond

    We had the joy of seeing Mr. Phipps in live concert last week. Just wanted to hear him sing "grace" again.

  • Dorothy Williams

    My visiting pastor here in Alaska.

  • Carmen

    I am overwhelmed! It brings to mind man's inhumanity to man and that even after 2000 years we are still at it! God forgive us.

  • Bruce

    Words cannot express the emotions I felt when seeing this video and hearing Wintley Phipps sing this great song.

  • Imani

    What inspired me about the video is to ubderstand how little I know about my own history. It was refreshing to hear the truth. Mr. Wintley's rendition of the song is priceless. Listening to it I had a clear vision of a slave ship crossing the Atlantic and my brothers and sisters humming and chanting to keep their minds off the horrific conditons that they were enduring. Thank you Mr. Wintley. I will definitely share this.

  • Bernice

    It is wonderous and blessed to have this teaching reaching into a new century, thank you Wintley Phipps

  • Griffin

    Listening to the powerful voice of Wintley Phipps really touched me. I felt as though I was among the slaves in John Newton ship.

  • Regina James

    What inspired me about this video is the truth!! And the fact that one can take little of nothing, like 5 notes, 5 scales on the black notes and come up with music so absolutely beautiful. And the reason is it is true humlity and praise to the Most High God, The Son and The Holy Spirit. It brought tears to my eyes and encouragement to my soul. Thank you!

  • gail anderson

    He touched my soul. I could see the men in the bottom of the ship and hear their pain. God is so good to give us Mr. Phipps amazing talent Am trying to purchase a cd with this song on it but not too successful

  • Kristy M

    This is wonderful - may God bless this video and this man, may they both be heard again and again! Thank you for sharing, Mr. Phipps et,al,!

  • Mike Wood

    I should me that it is not the colour of my sink but what is in my heart that counts in the eyes of the Lord.

  • chandran sukumaran

    Only the great Paul Robson could have sung it better.

  • Kristy M

    LOVE this song, it never - ever - grows old. Such an inspiration to all of us who were, in fact, a MESS before our hearts were changed and our lives were adopted. VERY moving, powerful rendition, thank you!!

  • Ria Barker

    I have read the comments and have noted those from Josh and Warren. Not everything written in History is the full truth. There is always more than one story behind a story. One thing we do know, God works in mysterious ways and everything that is of God, or about God, is inspired by God. When one is filled with the spirit of God one recognises what is of God and that which is not. Amazing Grace is God inspired and this was an amazing rendition, thank you. May God bless you Wintley.

  • J Sheets

    I felt the sorrow of the slaves. It brought me to tears. Thank you Mr. Phipps for this stirring rendition.

  • Neville

    This is really something

  • Mike Relon Makiling

    WINTLEY PHIPPS GAVE US A GLIMPSE OF THE TRUE COLOR OF MANKIND. INDEED THERE IS NOT AN IOTA OF SPACE IN OUR BEINGS FOR RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. WE ARE ONE IN THE EMBRACE OF AN AMAZING GRACE

  • Charlie Bulanti

    I once played this wonderful spiritual on my alto sax, with a fine pianist, Ron Borelli.It was a big hit! What a great song!

  • Carroll Palmer

    Growing up in Nacogdoches Deep East Texas back in the 40's & 50's, usually both parents worked so we were taken care of by Black women. It was a wonderful time and I will always cherish the memories of Naomi, Mary, Emma & Doris !!! Thank God I have pictures of all of them !! I think of them everyday !!!!

  • Maria B Rodrigues

    When he comment that he research on the library of congress, and the lyrics was written by John Newton but the melody unknown, and he said he would like to meet that slave named unknown, I would like to do the something,because this one of my favorite song, and this is the interpretation that I like it the most.

  • steve sveda

    The message of inspiration of belief in God.

  • Elijah King, Jr.

    Josh please listen to Mr. Phipps commentary that is delivered before the song. He says Newton's work on the slave ship inspired his lyrics. The composer of the music is unknown but uses the melodic tones of the Negro spiritual. Newton could not take credit for a melody he had previously heard on his slave ship.

  • Bunny Payette

    This song always brings tears of joy ..His rendition is the best I have ever heard

  • Josh

    The above information is not factually accurate. Amazing Grace is not a "negro spiritual". It IS a poem written by John Newton, but the tune has no connection to his work on a slave ship. He didn't write it until 10 years after he worked on a slave ship and he didn't write the music anyway. The music is called "New Britain" and is a British folk tune whose author is unknown. Not only this, but the minor scale (or black piano keys) has been in use in classical European composition for hundreds of years. At any rate, the information above is little more than fabricated revisionist history and should be given no credence.

  • Vinette Brown

    God Amazing Love......all things work together for good....we are connected because of Gods Amazing Grace..

  • Clarice Ray

    Eager to hear Wintley sing this in heaven~! He feels each note! awesome!

  • peggy

    Wintley is the best ,, sings it like he was on that ship

  • Alice P. Rascio

    I LOVE this song "Amazing Grace", and Wintley Phipps sang this song on a scale from one to 10, he was a 10. Awesome and beautiful, causes you to feel your closer to Christ.

  • Jacksmich

    His voice was on point!

  • LaTandra Porter

    The video let viewers know there is a meaning behind all music. I never knew who wrote that song. This video makes you want to study the history of all music.

  • Pastor Joseph Simiyu

    good and great work please keep it up!!!

  • Darlene

    What No one person or group has the right to steal a person/people from their home and customs/traditions,no matter where it is and change their lives completely by transporting to a new and unfamiliar places where they separated families and friends, with unfamiliar customs and force them to live a different way with no choices or freedom.

  • Priscilla

    never judge

  • Grace

    Beautiful!!so easy to listen to you speak and then sing wow.

  • j

    good history good guts good fight

  • Rudolph V. Boone, Sr.

    That video demonstrated significant history, what soul music is all about, and how God can speak so profoundly through individuals and music!!!!!!!

  • betty o'neil

    his voice is remaarkable. also interesting that black spirituals played on black notes of piano. where cani buy a cd of him singing.

  • Mollie

    This is one of the VERY most inspirational stories and renditions of any music I have every heard! And I loved the (soooo obvious) connection Rev. Phipps made between the white and black keys. I hade never heard of the "slave scale before, so this was an awakening for me on many levels. Praise God and his missions! HE is sooo Good! In fact, I just subscribed to Karmatube, and to learn more of so much I don't know! Amen!

  • Chuck

    The best rendition of "Amazing Grace" I have ever heard

  • Joan SWETNAM-Nicholis

    This is just beautiful. I hope you will be blessed!

  • Arthur J. Trotter sr.

    I always love the song .

  • Marjorie Fronckel

    I have always loved this song, now even more love .....

  • Judy

    It touched my soul profoundly, bringing tears to my eyes and joy in my heart. We as American's must forgive ourselves for the bondage we so ignorantly created, not only with African American's but people that are suffering in poverty today. Otherwise, we recreate the atrocities of our past. As Mr Phipps so articulately stated, "we are all connected".

  • Sherry

    What inspired you about this video? "The truth"

  • Sarah Patterson

    I would like to know what you can do to even hear it. Amazing Grace is one of my favorites, but can't seem to hear it.

  • RosalieGrace Thompson

    I have always loved and have sung this wonderful spiritual, but never have I heard it sung better than Wintley Phipps -- wonderful!

  • Irene

    The story about the black notes and singing of Amazing Grace. Sent chills through me and brought tears to my eyes. I could almost feel the Spirit if the slaves hearts through his singing. Sooo powerful.

  • jim rutherford

    IT IS SO MOVING AND MEANINGFUL. AS A FORMER HISTORY TEACHER, I CAN ALMOST SEE THE SLAVES HUMMING THE MELODY IN THEIR CRAMPED QUARTERS.

  • ginger

    SAW WHINTLEY ON THE GAITHER,S SHOW ,NEVER HEARD IT DONE LIKE HE DID IT ,HE REALY DID IT JUSTICE

  • C. Johnston

    "Heaven came down!" Made my tears of joy come pouring out! This song is on my list to be sung at my funeral. Thank you for your glorious story about the writing of this song.

  • Katie Gorbea Araguz

    I was Dedicated to God by this wonderful man when i was only 18 months old at a camp meeting my parents were at. I have grown up listening to him all my life..Wish i knew how to get ahold of him so he could baptize my daughter..

  • muncie

    Have always loved that song and want it played at my funeral. Too bad Wintley Phipps will not perform it!

  • Andy

    It may change how you think about the human experience.

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  • In a rare interview with PBS, Wintley Phipps shares more about his journey.
  • Learn about the connection between "Negro Spirituals" and the history of African Americans
  • Do some research into your own past and discover the music of your roots!

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