Gloria Gaynor is unveiling her version of “Amazing Grace,” the first single from her forthcoming gospel album Testimony, exclusively with Billboard.
Backed by a choir and full band, the disco diva delivers a rollicking take on the time-worn gospel standard, adding new verses between the song’s classic lyrics.
“There was a time when I was broken/ Didn’t know which way to turn/ I was paralyzed/ Wonderin’ why / Hangin’ on to hope by a thread,” Gaynor sings in the track’s opening moments over lively organ, percussion and a brassy horns section.
“It has long been my deep-seated desire to record a gospel album that would uplift, encourage, inspire and even inform,” Gaynor tells Billboard. “I trust that through my testimony on this album, I am able to do much of that through these songs. I am so very proud of this album, and excited to share the first single, ‘Amazing Grace.’”
Testimony is slated for release June 7 via Gaither Music. Get a first listen to “Amazing Grace” below.