While country music legend Alan Jackson’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” might be the version you know best, the song’s history stretches back much further.

The beloved hymn originated in 18th century England with John Newton, a former slave trader who became a clergyman. The lyrics, penned in 1772, reflect Newton’s own transformation. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me,” expresses his newfound faith after a life he considered dissolute.

Though likely used in sermons before, “Amazing Grace” was first published in 1779. Since then, it’s transcended religious boundaries, becoming a cornerstone of American music.

“Amazing Grace” has been sung at countless weddings, funerals, and times of reflection. Its simple yet powerful message of redemption and hope resonates deeply.

Alan Jackson’s version stays true to the hymn’s essence. His warm baritone delivers the lyrics with sincerity, allowing the song’s emotional core to shine through. Whether you’re a country music fan or simply appreciate a timeless melody, Jackson’s “Amazing Grace” offers a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of this historic hymn