The Story of "The President Sang Amazing Grace"

"The President Sang Amazing Grace" tells the story of the 2015 attack that claimed nine lives at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. It first appeared on Zoe's 2017 album "Small Brown Birds" and was widely played on independent folk radio shows across the US. Joan Baez heard it on KPFA in Berkeley, California.

“I was driving when I heard ‘The President  Sang Amazing Grace,’ and I had to pull over  to make sure I heard whose song it  
was,because I knew I had to sing it.”   —Joan Baez

Baez covered the song on her Grammy-nominated 2018 album, "Whistle Down the Wind."

The official video for her track was a hand-drawn animation by Jeff Scher, produced by Rick Litvin.

 

In 2019, Zoe's lyric and Jeff's paintings were adapted into an illustrated book from Cameron + Company.