President Barack Obama’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” – which was sung at Charleston shooting victim Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney’s funeral during the summer – will be featured in a track on Coldplay’s upcoming album, A Head Full Of Dreams, Billboard announced on Monday (Nov. 23).
The band’s album, which drops Dec. 4, already has the rumor mill swirling with reports of collabos with artists ranging from Beyonce to Blue Ivy Carter (you read that properly!), but this particular feature from the POTUS is next-level. Frontman Chris Martin told The Sun, “We have a tiny clip of the President singing Amazing Grace at that church. Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found.'”
Historical significance is right. Obama, who recently made history by being the first President to cover LGBT publication OUT Magazine, sang the song during his eulogy for Rev. Pinckney in July in South Carolina after he and eight others were killed during a massacre at a church Bible study service. The setting for the unwarranted shooting was at Emanuel A.M.E, one of the most famous historically Black churches in the United States. We can’t wait to hear how beautifully utilized this sample will sound.