By Steve Turner
Behind our so much cherished hymn is an interesting tale spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. encouraged incidentally ''Amazing Grace'' maintains to alter and develop in reputation, acclaimed song author Steve Turner embarks on a trip to track the lifetime of the hymn, from Olney, England, the place it was once written via former slave dealer John Newton, to tiny Plantain Island off the coast of Africa, the place Newton was once held captive for nearly a yr, to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and different elements of the South, the place the hymn first started to spread.
Newton have been rescued from Africa via a service provider send whilst, in the course of an eleven-hour hurricane at the Atlantic, he switched over to Christianity. Years later, as a minister, he wrote the hymn to be used between his congregation. during the 19th century, ''Amazing Grace'' seemed in additional and extra hymn books, and within the 20th century it rose to a gospel and folks commonplace sooner than exploding into pop track. it's been recorded via artists as different as Elvis Presley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tiny Tim, Al eco-friendly, Johnny funds, Rod Stewart, Chet Baker, and Destiny's baby. notable Grace heavily examines this contemporary heritage of the hymn via own interviews with recording artists.
From John Newton's significant lifestyles tale to the hymn's function in American spirituality and tradition, extraordinary Grace is an illuminating, thorough, and unheard of musical history.