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Amazing Grace (feat. Ozzy from The Sowers Group)

March 16, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Ozzy from The Sowers Group sings on this track with me. This is our African/Hip Hop version of the classic song Amazing Grace.

Ozzy grew up in The Congo Africa. His father died when he was a child his mother was left uneducated with 8 children and little hope of earning an income.

Ozzy was then sponsored through Compassion. He shared his sponsorship with his brother Mike and friend Kosto who are also members of The Sowers Group. They shared the uniform, separated books into individual papers and took turns going to school.

We recorded this song to let the world know that Compassion child sponsorship really works.

Could you help us get this message to the world by sharing on Facebook and Twitter. I would really appreciate it.

Read about the story behind JoJo Rock’s version of Amazing Grace

Music

Lyrics – John Newton, Evan Lawrie, Oswald Basoka, JoJo’s dad
Music – Angus Steventon
Producer – Angus Steventon
Vocals – Oswald Basoka
Guitar – Kosto Zahinda
Drums – Matthew Spier
Bass – Jacob Graham
African Percussions – Fode Mane and Rich Cabrita
Keyboards – Angus Steventon
Mixing – Trevor Beck
Mastering – Pete Wallis
Sound engineer – Andy Mak

Music Video

Director – Raj Dhatt
Director of Photography – Raj Dhatt, Brenton Smith
Camera Operators – Raj Dhatt, Brenton Smith, Titus MacLaren
Editor – Raj Dhatt

JoJo would like to thank the following people

Angus Steventon
Without Angus this project would not have been possible. Angus also produced “Oh Holy Night” and without his vision and drive for the cause my music would not be at the level it is today.

Thank you Angus for making time for this project in your already busy schedule. In the midst of it all you found the mountains of time, mostly by sleeping very little to record and produce this song.

Thank you for your talent and commitment to the cause of Compassion.

Ozzy
JoJo talks about you all the time. His mum and I love seeing the two of you together because you give him so much joy. You have made a huge impact on his life with your story of overcoming child poverty with the help of Compassion.

Thank you for your patience and testimony.

You have taken a song that has been sung every way possible and put a unique spin on it. Thank you.

Raj Dhatt
What you see in the music video is the vision of Raj. He scripted, shot and edited the video with the help of Brenton Smith and Titus MacLaren. The end result is so much better than we imagined it could be at the beginning.

Thanks for staying up late at nights to get this video complete and using your skills to help promote the cause of Compassion.

Titus and Brenton
Brenton, thanks for not sleeping for 3 days to film the Amazing grace video. I am always amazed at your commitment to JoJo ‘s music. JoJo loves spending time with you and appreciates your patience with he tries to operate your equipment.

TitusThanks for the honest feedback. We never have to wonder what you really think. Jojo is pumped about making the next music video “Reach for the stars.” Your commitment to making the best music videos possible is challenging and brings out the best in all of us
JoJo’s Mum

JoJo and I thank you for looking after three beautiful but feisty little boys while we record. Thank you for attending every live performance possible even with his three little brothers. It helps makes what JoJo does a family cause and not just a JoJo Rock endeavor. Without your support JoJo would not be able to do what he does. You are the best mum in the world.

Evan Lawrie
Thank you for helping write the verses for the song. You took the message and made it clear. You are one of JoJo’s heroes in the hip hop world but also one of his friends. Thank you for all the lessons , the encouragement and time you have invested in JoJo. Your music was the first Austrlaian underground Hip Hop he heard. The day he heard your album, his hobby became a passion.

Trevor Beck
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping Angus and I finish this project. You took control and made it happen. Our family values your friendship and your generosity for the cause of Compassion.

Andy Mak
The day you spent as the sound engineer at The Grove Studios made all the difference. Thank you for staying back late and helping Angus get the sound he was looking for. We are blessed to know you.

Linton Chalmers
Thanks for all the advice when making the music video. Your insight into child sponsorship and advice on how to deliver the message has helped us craft a video that tells the story of successful child sponsorship.

Thanks for your hard work in making sure Compassion continues to help the children of the world one child at a time.

Lyrics

Chorus
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

Verse 1
Let me tell you bout a word called Grace,
It’s a tale of love for the human race
By a God who wanted to embrace
So he came to earth to meet us face to face
It don’t matter who you are or what you’ve done or where you’ve been
Because a God of love and amazing grace
Will heal your life and forgive your sin

Chorus
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

Verse 2
You see the, key to grace is a little known fact
That the, power comes from giving it back
Lend a helping hand to spread the light
It don’t, take too much to be changing a life
It can be, something small like wearing a smile
I started at I seven when I sponsored a child
You too can make a difference, I know its true
Cause to change the world it all starts with you

Breakdown in Swahili
God was with me when I passed through the very bad situation of my life
What can separate me from his love?
In the fire I didn’t burn, in the desert he took care of me.
What an amazing love.

Chorus
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

Comments

  1. Kerri Thomson

    Hello,
    I work with a group of Chiropractors who in turn work with Compassion Canada. We are called Chiropractors with Compassion. I heard your song “Amazing Grace” and saw your video on Youtube and love it. I purchased your song from iTunes as well. I was just wondering if I could show your video at our next Seminar in November? Our seminar is for Chiropractors, their staff and their families and a large number of these chiropractors have sponsored children through Compassion. Our office alone has 5 sponsored children and I know that many of our roughly 200 Chiropractors across Canada have sponsored one or more children as well. I would purchase the video but I only saw the audio version on sale on iTunes.
    Thanks
    Kerri Thomson

  2. chaimae salimi

    Heyy jojo and familyy i’m a huge faan more than you could imagine your songs make me cry and sponsor a hild but in my country we don’t do this thing :'( I’m from morocco and hope that you come visit it and you can come to my house that would be my pleasure pleaase answeer if possible and GO JOJO !! and i really lik your Haiiir and find you so adorable 😀

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