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Audio: Amazing Grace Rachel Hawkes

Gospel Music Amazing Grace By Rachel Hawkes

Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton(1725–1807). Newton wrote the words from personal experience. 

With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognisable songs in the English-speaking world. Author Gilbert Chase writes that it is “without a doubt the most famous of all the folk hymns”,[1]and Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer, estimates that it is performed about 10 million times annually.[2]It has had particular influence in folk music, and has become an emblematic African American spiritual. Its universal message has been a significant factor in its crossover into secular music. “Amazing Grace” saw a resurgence in popularity in the US during the 1960s and has been recorded thousands of times during and since the 20th century, occasionally appearing on popular music charts.

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About Rachel Hawkes

Audio: Amazing Grace Rachel Hawkes

Rachel Hawkes is a singer-songwriter and cellist. She trained at the Centre for Young Musicians, Italia Conti Theatre Arts School and the Arts Educational School.

She began playing the cello at five years old and began playing in ensembles from the age of six. At eight, she began to sing cover songs for friends and family. Whilst studying an array of different genres, she began to write and collaborate with producers in London as well as her musical siblings (Hazeltones). She has played cello for the Lambeth Orchestra for five years and the Dulwich Symphony Orchestra for two years and is proud to release her first gospel single ‘Amazing Grace’.

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