How sweet the sound (and sight) — one of the most profound pieces of musical lore has finally been given a release date after 46 years.
This marks the film's fourth attempt at a release. Amazing Grace was slated for releases in 2011, 2015, and 2016 but each was embroiled in an ongoing lawsuit between Franklin and Elliott after she sued him for using the footage for screening purposes without her consent.
Amazing Grace “shows Aretha in a very different light," according to Franklin's niece and executor of her estate Sabrina Owens. Franklin reportedly says only six words during the entire film. The rest of the documentary focuses on what she did best — sing.
"She’s very youthful, very shy, and her voice is just beautiful throughout, at an age when her voice was absolutely crystal-clear and very pure.
Watch the trailer for Amazing Grace below.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.