Coldplay Sampled Obama’s ‘Amazing Grace’ on New Album

coldplay obama sampleThe newest album from the band Coldplay will feature a sample of President Barack Obama‘s Charleston eulogy, in which he sang the Christian hymn “Amazing Grace.”

According to The Sun, the White House granted band frontman Chris Martin permission to use a small sample of the president’s song in one of the tracks on A Head Full of Dreams, which comes out Friday, Dec. 4.

“We have a tiny clip of the President singing Amazing Grace at that church,” Martin told the paper. “Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that that song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found.'”

The band had to gain permission from Obama and the White House, as well as the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In June, Obama delivered the eulogy for the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, one of the nine churchgoers gunned down by Dylann Roof. Towards the end of his address, the president broke out into song with “Amazing Grace” — despite First Lady Michelle Obama not wanting him to.

Looks like that “recording contract” Mike Huckabee joked about is actually coming true.

Check out the clip above, via C-SPAN.

[h/t Stereogum]
[Image via screengrabs]

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