Dr. Wintley Phipps has paid an emotional tribute to John Lewis who died at the age of 80.
Congressman John Lewis died on July 17th following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
From July 25th onwards, there have been six days of services and memorial events to honour the late American politician.
Some of the events started in John’s hometown, Troy, Alabama, proceeding to the United States Capitol in Washington on Monday, July 27th.
Dr. Wintley Phipps celebrated the late congressman’s legacy with a special tribute.
Who is Dr. Wintley Phipps?
Dr. Wintley Phipps was born on January 7th in 1955 in Trinidad and Tobago. He is a vocal artist and the founder of the mentoring program US Dream Academy.
Over the last 20 years, Wintley has supported thousands of children, especially those of incarcerated parents, work on their goals and help them succeed personally and professionally.
He moved to Canada at an early age and holds a BA degree in Theology from Oakwood College, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University.
Wintley has recorded more than 25 albums and performed for several US presidents, including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
He is married to Linda Galloway and the two have three children together.
Wintley Phipps pays tribute to John Lewis
Wintley has paid a touching tribute to John Lewis who was laid in state at the United States Capitol in Washington on July 27th.
He sang an emotional and powerful version of ‘Amazing Grace’, which is a hymn originally from 1779. The words were written by English poet John Newton in 1772.
You can watch Wintley’s tribute from the YouTube video (via WCNC) down below.
People react on social media
People have praised the powerful performance by Wintley Phipps, with many deeming his tribute as “the most beautiful” version of ‘Amazing Grace’.
In the comments section of the YouTube video, one person said: “The most beautiful Amazing Grace I’ve ever heard. Cried my eyes out. Beautiful Tribute for great man.”
Meanwhile, on Twitter, one user reacted: “At 1:15:10 Dr. Wintley Phipps sings the most beautiful, soaring version of Amazing Grace ever…WOW. What a fabulous tribute to John Lewis.”
Here are more reactions from Twitter users.