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.