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3 comments | Monday, April 11, 2011

Here's "Amazing Grace", the latest video from openly gay independent singer Nhojj. You may recall reading about the talented and openly gay artist on loldarian.com last year when he topped the MTV Hot 100 list with "Beautiful, the theme song from the Kirk Shannon- Butts film Blueprint.

Nhojj teams up again with director Shannon- Butts for Amazing Grace and the final product is a beautiful mash-up of the unexpected.

"My manager Ron really loves this song and he felt it would be a great message, especially in these times when spiritually and homosexuality seems to be on opposing sides,"says Nhojj. " Since everyone knows Amazing Grace... to combine those two aspects...to bring spirituality and homosexuality together and to really show the lives of two men in love, and to show the similarities between a homosexual relationship and a heterosexual relationship. They're both based on love, both partners are here for each other and we just wanted to show that," adds Nhojj.

"We get to see a lot of sensuality but you don't get to see a lot of intimacy and the natural home life of a gay couple and that's what we wanted to represent."

Nhojj's team on his spin on the traditional classic: This new version of "Amazing Grace" expands the innate power of this hymn to affirm the LGBT community and support gay marriage. It represents a step forward for homosexuals in reclaiming their spiritual lives and healing wounds. This is the first time a well known Christian hymn has been used in a music video to express the "rightness and godliness" of same gender love -- portraying a male interracial couple exchanging marriage vows and living in a loving committed relationship.

Check out Nhojj's beautiful visual for Amazing Grace in the video below. You can also watch a behind the scenes video of Amazing Grace here.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

A beautiful song and video only to be marred by having a white man in the video. With all the beautiful men of color out there, why him?

This video could have really been powerful if it were a black/latino man especially with the hypocrisy within the church within these communities.

what a shame!

April 12, 2011 8:24 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I love Nhojj, and as usual, his version of this song is simply beautiful, but like the previous commenter said...WHAT A SHAME, INDEED! And I'm not going to bite my tongue on that one!

April 20, 2011 6:49 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

As a gay non-Black man partnered with a Black man, I'm sorry to see the negative comments concerning the vid's interracial couple. While I understand and appreciate the feelings expressed, I wonder if perhaps Nhojj wasn't trying to move beyond the racial divide?

It is a beautiful work, both as video and as song.

June 09, 2011 5:46 PM


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