Amazing Grace - The Backstory

Arguably the most famous song in human history, but what's the back-story to Amazing Grace? 

Who's the soul behind the melody?


The story of John Newton is one of the most dramatic and moving stories of all time. A slave trader who became a slave himself, and then an abolitionist (go figure...), the lyrics take on new meaning when you learn about the man.

I didn't know any more than his name until they turned Amazing Grace into a Broadway Musical and I came across this video by the lead playing Newton. Tony-nominated Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Les Miserables) has one of the most gorgeous voices now on Broadway (or off...).

I can't wait to make music together with him and the Philharmonic (as well as with the equally extraordinary Emily Padgett - more in another post) on Sat., Feb. 6: A Night On Broadway.

Here's a glimpse of his voice, and his take on the very human side of an extraordinary human being.

If you want to hear more of Josh live, come out to Owens Auditorium at SCC on Sat., Feb. 6.  The 7pm show is sold out, but there are still seats for the 3pm Matinee.


THE EASIEST WAY TO GET tickets to the Phil is online.

(there are no online fees, and tax is included.) 

You may also get tickets at our Box Office (5 Market Square, Pinehurst, open weekdays 10am-4pm), by calling the ever-friendly Sherry at 910-687-0287. 

General admission tickets (seats pre-assigned) – cash or check only – are available by visiting any of our outside vendors around our local communities: 

Heavenly Pines Fine Jewelry5 Dowd Circle, Pinehurst
Artist League of the Sandhills129 Exchange St, Aberdeen
Arts Council of Moore County482 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines
Nature’s Own95 Bell Avenue, S. Pines
Sandhills Winery1057 7 Lakes Dr, West End
The Country Bookshop140 NW Broad St, Southern Pines 
The Given Outpost95 Cherokee Road, Given Outpost, Pinehurst