Judy Collins’ folk/gospel rendition of “Amazing Grace” charted between 1970 and 1972, a feat that earned it a spot in the National Recording Registry in 2017. Notably, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” was also bestowed the same honor in 2013. Fast-forward to today, and Dan Vasc’s cover of “Amazing Grace” has impressively garnered over 3.25 million views on YouTube in just a little over a month.
Drawing parallels, both Disturbed’s “Sound of Silence” and Dan Vasc’s version of “Amazing Grace” feature robust, controlled rock voices, gradually building to a powerful orchestrated climax. In a blind reaction video, Sebs Duran aptly observes, “This is reminiscent of the awe I felt when I first heard Disturbed’s ‘Sound of Silence.’ A beautiful voice, a similar progression from baritone to tenor, accompanied by a rocker’s growl. Even if it follows a familiar formula, the impact remains astonishing.”