Coldplay is featuring US President Barack Obama in its new song ‘Kaleidoscope’.
Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Brian Eno and the session singer Merry Clayton are amongst the big-name guest musicians on the new Coldplay album, “A Head Full of Dreams.” But none can match the resume of Barack Obama.
Coldplay features Obama’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” who sang it during his eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney of South Carolina who was killed with eight others in Charleston shootings earlier this year.
“We have a tiny clip of the President singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at that church,” Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, said in The Sun.
According to the credits for the album, which will be released on Dec. 4 by Atlantic Records, a sample of the performance, as recorded by CNN at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, will be included on the song “Kaleidoscope.” Mr. Obama is not listed by name but the band credits the “kind permission” of Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff Sr., for the clip.
According to Chris Martin, the lead singer, the band included the section “because of the historical significance” of it and because the song is “about ‘I’m lost, but now I’m found.”
“A Head Full of Dreams,” the band’s seventh studio album, has been produced by Rik Simpson and the pop production duo Stargate. Also listed in the album credits are vocal contributions from Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin’s ex-wife, and the couple’s two children, Apple and Moses Martin, along with Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of Jay Z and Beyoncé.
According to White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, the president warned her and the first lady Michelle Obama while in transit to the speech that he might break into the hymn. “We’ll see how it feels at the time,” he said. A C-SPAN clip of the performance has already been viewed more than 2.7 million times on YouTube.
The president has made his Coldplay fandom known in the past on his summer Spotify playlist this year. And while Mr. Obama has not previously been featured on a potential No. 1 album, he has won two Grammy Awards: for Best Spoken World Album in 2006, for his book “Dreams From My Father,” and in 2008, for “The Audacity of Hope.”