Thursday, February 2, 2012

WINTLEY PHIPPS at Carnegie Hall - AND - IL DIVO in European Concert......Amazing History and Amazing Grace

At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps a powerful rendition of Amazing Grace. 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!

Same Tune, Same Black Keys, Same John Newton Words and Unknown Music Composer.. Here a Version done by Il Divo in Europe at a Concert...Enjoy

on Oct 24, 2009
Music video by Il Divo performing Amazing Grace. (C) 2008 Simco Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

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