Amazing Grace: The Story Behind the Hymn

The song “Amazing Grace” was written in Olney, England by former slave trader John Newton in 1772. It made its way across the Atlantic to South Carolina, where the lyrics were published for the first time with a melody.

Through the nineteenth century the Protestant religious song appeared in more and more hymnals and in the twentieth century it rose to become a gospel and folk standard. Judy Collins’ recording in 1970 introduced it to the massive pop music market and it climbed up the charts. More than 450 recordings made after 1970 are held in the Library of Congress and represent such diverse artists as Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Tiny Tim, Johnny Cash, Chet Baker and Destiny’s Child.

Source:  Washingtonpost.com

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Michael Bailey

Michael is the founder and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information for The Minority Eye, South Carolina’s largest minority-owned media outlet. As the leader of the editorial staff, he works as a multimedia journalist, telling the often-overlooked stories of minority communities from across the state and throughout the region. He specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that share and expound on cultural, social, economic and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background have made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues that impact people of color.

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