Mary "Honey" Serrao Camara
(April 28, 1916 - September 9, 2007)Memorial Service Main Page and Recordings
September 20, 2007 Memorial Service Transcripts
Track 01: Solo - Amazing Grace (Stephanie Shade)
I didn't notice the singer stepping up to the microphone, so the recording doesn't have the first two lines.
This was one of the songs that was sung for Grandpa's funeral. Mom guys thought it would be nice to tie the two together, so it was added to the visitation time just before the eulogies. At first, they'd tried to get Kalani Brady (who sang at Grandpa's), but couldn't. I think it was good having someone else - I'm not sure why. It just fit - it was a different atmosphere, and I also liked having a woman sing at Granny's. Stephanie Shade also sang "Ave Maria" for the meditation song.
Since the release of the Amazing Grace movie, there have been many more versions popping up. I like the one by Chris Tomlin called "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" on "Amazing Grace: Music Inspired by the Motion Picture" (as of 9/28/07, $10.99 at ChristianBook.com and $13.99 at Amazon.com). According to a Google search, he sings the first two verses (above), then his added one (below, with a slighly different melody), the "The Lord has promised good to me" verse (above), his "My chains are gone" verse twice, the "The earth shall soon dissolve like snow" verse (above) and ending with "Will be forever mine. You are forever mine."
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
Also, Kris will be sign-dancing to ? by ? at our church on one of the Sundays around Thanksgiving.
See Track 09: Solo - Amazing Grace (Kalani Brady) from Avu's for more notes.