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Mindy Jostyn: “Amazing Grace”

Your Inspirational Song of the Week

August 13 - August 19, 2019

Amazing Grace

from

Coming Home

Performed by Mindy Jostyn
Music adapted by Mindy Jostyn
Lyrics by John Newton
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link

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Mindy Jostyn’s rendition of Amazing Grace is a quietly powerful version of this beloved hymn, and is exquisitely beautiful in its simplicity. Mindy’s pure voice is underscored with a simple guitar line and accented with occasional strings and ambient tones that add an air of mystery to these well-known words. This song is from Mindy’s album Coming Home, a truly inspired collection of non-denominational “folk hymns.” Produced and orchestrated by Peter Link, it’s full of musical influences from around the world and features Mindy Jostyn on lead vocals, all of her instruments, and a host of guest artists.

About the Artist

For nearly ten years, Mindy Jostyn toured throughout the eastern United States wowing audiences with her soulful voice, distinctive melodies, witty and insightful lyrics, and her command of a host of different instruments including guitar, violin, harmonica, accordion, and piano.

Not only did Mindy Jostyn wow audiences with her soulful voice, distinctive melodies, witty and insightful lyrics, but she brought a unique voice to inspirational and sacred music in the form of gentle folk hymns and truly original songs that speak directly to the hungry heart.

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"Mindy Jostyn is among the most exciting songwriters to emerge in some time; her ballads reveal a poet's aim for life's revealing little moments. Everything is delivered with sparkling musicality and an emotional voice." —The Boston Globe

"A few days ago my sister gave me three of Mindy's albums to listen to. I listened to each one, then listened again. I have never heard anyone who comes close to delivering such heart felt messages with so much grace and beauty. Her music just radiates in your soul." —Peter Kemmsies

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4 thoughts on “Mindy Jostyn: “Amazing Grace”

  1. This is an exceptionally beautiful track from a brilliant CD that stays close to my CD player at home as do the works of Peter Link, Julia Wade and Jenny Burton.

    1. Thank you, John — for all these years of support!

  2. Her voice is beautiful, but it is too slow and uninspiring. This is a powerful song, not a lullaby.

    1. I think it’s interesting that often we humans take a kind of ownership of iconic songs. It’s just natural, I suppose. These “songs of a lifetime” have a power of inspiration so wondrous that they become symbols of our own life experience. “Amazing Grace” is certainly one of them. For Evelyn, in her life, Mindy’s version of Amazing Grace was clearly not her cup of tea, whereas, just the day before I was talking to another customer on the phone who happened to mention that this week’s ISOTW (AMAZING GRACE) was her favorite Mindy song and that she had just listened to it over and over most of the day. Music is a deeply personal language. We all speak the language whether or not we are musicians. Some of us speak it better than others, but speaking it, we also understand it when it is spoken. Language, the great communicator, is what unifies us, and sadly, what often separates us. It is one of the great human controversies. Thank you, Evelyn, for writing in. We hear you. We don’t necessarily agree with you, but then again, we don’t stand in your shoes. Perhaps, we could sum this up with one of our English language’s most often used sayings: TO EACH HIS OWN.

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