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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  • MDaniels

    He is a beautiful man with a message of peace who understands and shared history.

  • Jananne

    Newton wrote this song when he Spirit taught him that his current way of making a living was a sin. He was deeply shamed by that he had participated in the slave trade. All of us can receive the Grace of God.

  • Arlene

    It moved me to tears as it cradled Truths and delivered them to my heart.

  • SandyH

    to the person signed in as "history:" please recheck your dictionary. WENCH means "to consort with lewd women; to fornicate" per Webster's, and was/is a derogatory term referred to females. WRETCH "a miserable person; one who is profoundly unhappy or in misfortune" again per Webster's. in short, a person of either gender. and just for the record, most slaves were in fact captured by other black tribesmen and sold to whites.

  • Carole Anderson

    To see all of the gospel singers in the back ground and their humble attitude to the word of our LORD is amazing!! I love to hear this kind of history of our black people who (by the way) have given us much more than we could give to them. I'm grateful to live in this era of freedom and love of one another no matter what you skin color. We ALL are truly blessed by THE FATHER!!

  • Jan

    The story and his singing. I've never heard that story before. I wish everyone in America could hear that story and could hear Mr. Phipps praise God like no other. Amen.

  • history

    You people act like you didn't read the first line of the song. That saved a wretch like me. John Newton considered black women sexual servants, hence the word wretch. Wretch means or is usually referred to as,a young girl or woman prostitute or servant. Newton felt black women were nothing more than whores, since their physical makeup included rounder butts and hips. Sad but it was legal to rape black women because it was considered rape anyway... read between the lines people.

  • Mary Anne

    The story I had never heard about re the song amazing grace. ANAZING!

  • elena

    Tears in my eyes !Amazing! Great voice!

  • JB

    Out of a little, God can do much....

  • Joyce

    Mr. Phipps enlightened me with the story but also gave me an appreciation for the music that I had not previously experienced. Thank you, Mr. Phipps.

  • Bonnie

    Truly a gift EVERYONE should listen to this Emotional song !!! Thank you God for your AMAZING GRACE THAT SAVED US!!!!

  • Bev

    My brother Raymond passed young and this was sung at his funeral. So happy to know its history. Thank you!

  • Kay Afonso

    so emotional am still crying

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  • tony

    Thank you so much. I never cared for this song because of the man that wrote it. My eyes are now opened and my ears have rejoiced. I still have a hard time believing that the slave trader went to heaven after all of the unspeakable crimes in which he had a hand, but that is between him and God. I can now just enjoy the song and the message that is behind it.

  • Linda Sprankle

    His Amazing Grace!

  • Lori

    This man's spirit.. Love his message and his devotion.. just awesome!

  • Joan Boylen

    This wonderful voice and this story inspired me. He is a wonderful man and I love his voice

  • sue

    wonderful story of writing negro spirituals on the black keys of the piano and the history of Amazing Grace.

  • Mariola

    The Words, The Meaning, His Voice, everything !

  • Cathy

    I felt closer to God when I truly listened. what a gift he has with that rich, deep voice. You could feel his sorrow in his expression of that spiritual. I would love to have a CD, but right now I haven't any money.



  • Doris McGillan

    This video is awesome, spiritual and beautiful!!!! The historical significance is most needed by our people.

  • sharon

    the simple message it conveys! this should be seen in all high schools

  • Mark

    WOW! ...just Wow...

  • Sallie Glisson

    Very educational as well as inspirational.

  • Ethel Rankin

    Remarkable - Phipps has an outstanding voice. I didn't know it was written by a captain of a slave ship.

  • Jan Ammons

    It's absolutely true that we are all connected by God's Amazing Grace! Hallelujah!

  • Linda Hansen

    I grew up listening to and singing this WONDERFUL music. This is how you Unite people, with God's love!

  • Alberta

    The truth, God's hand,halleuya

  • Ron Richardson

    The sincerity and passion

  • Angelo Cousto

    Made me cry. Wish slavery never occurred. Africa would be much richer in culture and wealth if the Europeans stuck to being true Christians instead of becoming racial exploiters in Africa & Asia.

  • Mike Roberts

    First the History of the wonderful song (Amazing GRACE!) The the proffesional way Wintley Phipps sang the song! Very emotional and inspiring!

  • Lance DCosta

    Beautiful and Inspiring !

  • Sherry Bruce

    Sharing this with workers in South Africa......beautiful, this is the most beautiful rendition ever made. Thank You.

  • David

    Simply put -- inspiring

  • Joseph

    So Much Love , Hearts deep inside wow

  • Donna Dean

    The energy, amazingly marvelous voice quality and sheer delight of Wintley Phipps. I have never seen an equally magnificent presentation of this wonderful song. Thank you for sharing it with us. Donna Dean, PORTLAND, OR.

  • Guy Langley

    Awesome, touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes, Thank you Lord for loving a sinner like even me.

  • Sebert Hogan

    The sincere presentation..

  • Stephanie

    Once again, Wintley, I can only say you are beautiful and inspiring.

  • pauline

    what I see here is humans beings packed in the bottom of a boat in total darkness, vomiting, pissing and shitting on each other and the eating all this human excrement just so human beings of another colour could get sugar in their tea. Then I cry to my God and say, amazing grace how sweet the sound of God words in their hearts that gave them strength hat sustained them through the atrocities they were going through.

  • Toby Bivens

    What an inspiring gift. Thank you !!

  • Victoria Vassallo

    Just what I needed to hear today Thank you for reminding me how precious my Lord is x x

  • Asok Mukhopadhyay

    Feel so fortunate to experience this soulful music!

  • Carol

    One of the songs my dad would sing around the house, Home now for many years. A beautiful song about our relationship to God.

  • jo

    What gave me goose bumps was his humming of the sorrow chant tune, with the context that brought the images of the slave ship alive.



  • Farzana Contractor

    That life should be lived with purity and simplicity. That humanity is the key.

  • Karin

    Always moved by the song. Now to know the true origin of the melody makes it even more soulfully. Thank you Wintley Phipps and praise God!

  • Annie

    What inspired you about this video? This is powerful song reflections of God love for all of his children. Amazing

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  • Glenda

    God's Grace is truly Amazing! You can feel the God's presence when you hear Phipps rendition of Amazing Grace! Inspirational!

  • Fred Gregorich

    So simple a melody. So beautiful a song. So meaningful the message.... Fred Gregorich

  • DV

    The inspiration I received was the spirit of Wintley Phipps, the deep and profound happiness he emits; the people, all colors, together, in the audience, and the powerful performance - you can feel God's spirit in all of it!

  • Nancy G. West

    What grace indeed God gives us through Wintley Phipps gives us through his rendition of Amazing Grace.

  • sarah

    Always been a favorite of mine, I have goosebumps, Thanks for sharing,So uplifting.

  • Eva Martin

    Amazing will always be so for ever and ever .

  • Sharron furst

    Man who played JESUS.

  • Sarah

    I first saw this on the Gaither video. It was very informative then; is still moving, & awe inspiring. LOVED it then: LOVE it now: ALWAYS will!

  • Angela

    Awesome. A learning and inspiring experience.

  • Diane M. Wilson

    So powerful, moving and amazing! I was moved to tears. Thank you.


    Always loved this song and have asked for it to be played during my funeral & cremation. Just pre-paid it all yesterday. March 20,2015

  • Katie Mitchell

    It is a song that touches the depth of my soul and makes me want to cry out Lord ,Lord.

  • joe obrien

    we are blessed with Mr Phipps and the lord.Tis truly reinforces the fact that LOVE is the only worth while four letter word !!!!!!!!

  • Ronald Lauland

    This is the most amazing story and song I have ever heard. I am 81 yrs.' old and I have asked my wife to play a recording of this when I pass away. If I could afford to I would want this gentleman to sing personally at my burial. What a send off that would be. I listen to this song every week. God has truly gifted this man with a phenominal voice.

  • Ingrid

    The feelings found in the music. The music almost doesn't need words. Just beautiful

  • Diane H

    HIS AMAZING GRACE to all who will believe.

  • Linda Trumble

    Powerful song and a powerful rendition. It made me praise God and all his glory! What a talent and what a song! God is awesome!!

  • edie

    What an amazing story, an amazing man, an amazing song....but Oh....what an Amazing GOD we all have! We need to forward this on to everyone we know.

  • curtis

    I think that this is 1 of the most powerful renditions of this song that I have heard in a very long time.PRAISE THE LORD & ALL HIS GREATNESS.

  • Erica Eden

    My mother's name is Grace. She passed away in 2013 just before here 90th birthday. She was Amazing! and I miss her dearly.

  • Linda L. Sherbert

    We played different keys,however we all have the same composer God! He's so Awesome ...always pointing out how we need each other and he always knows.. #theunknown. Thank you Mr.PHIPPS for the reminder of Blk Gospel origins in History!

  • Virginia Alfonso

    No limits to God's grace!

  • Dorothy

    Mr.Phipps says what is in most of our hearts..that God loves us all and this music lesson was marvelous, but oh the song, it is so beautifully done!

  • Eleanor Schurman

    What he sang about our Lord!!

  • Michelle

    I love this video. I personally think it covers ALL areas of prejudice people have against each other. All races, religions, cultures, even Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Hermaphrodites, Tall, Short, Northerners, Southerners, Westerners, and Easterners. GOD LOVES EVERYONE AND SO SHOULD WE !!!!

  • kaye

    the most wonderful sounds that join us altogether as one. nothing is so moving as this song sung in this way from the heart

  • Anne

    It's good to learn something new each day. This is amazing.



  • Connie

    we've also played on the black notes ,that song that Elvis did.."You saw me crying in the Chapel" that's really something the story of the black notes tho'.thank u Wintley Phipps.. .

  • Connie

    thank God ,that amazing grace is for everyone.!! red,yellow ,black, or white doesn't matter ..He's coming back after one church! His church that has been born again by the blood of Jesus ! and praise God I don't believe it will be long !!Glory to God forever !!!

  • Carl

    Wow! Wonderful!

  • elsa Garcia

    What a story! I'm not surprised to hear this, though it would never have thought it. It is certainly a haunting, beautiful melody. And now I respect it even more.

  • Alice

    What an amazing way to bring God's people together!

  • Terry C

    The story .. Mr. Phipps rendition .. nothing but goosebumps!! beautifully done.

  • Lou Reinhardt

    The way it was played & sung

  • Juliet

    The heart and soul of the story and how Wintley Phipps sings the song

  • Lou

    That John Newton didn't go out in the bush and catch the blacks that were put on his ship. All he did was bring them here.

  • Grace Bond

    The story, the singing and the words that really touches your soul. Very beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  • Mirjam

    This song goes right to your heart and stays there forever

  • Donna Gleaves

    This song reaches the depths of hurting people...Wintley Phipps, used by GOD to renew the message of GOD's love and forgiveness to all who would receive.

  • S N

    Here's an example of the Holy Spirit expressing humankind's love through an extremely talented and evolved Human Being! The world should here this man.

  • Jr

    Everything was an inspiration!! Learned something new tonight.

  • Katy

    Please, Wintley Phipps, go to Ferguson, Missouri and mentor to the wayward people consumed with hated

  • Nancy

    I have always since I was a young girl loved this song thus I wanted to hear it sung from the heart. I was not disappointed as I've never heard anyone sing it better. My tears of joy are flowing. WHAT A BLESSSING.

  • Fran

    This gave me goose bumps....awesome!

  • Terry

    His beautiful peaceful smile and the changes he's trying to make in this world.

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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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