Barack Obama to appear on Coldplay album
British band Coldplay have been granted permission to put US president Barack Obama on their new album, A Head Full Of Dreams.
According to The Sun, the White House has given the band permission to put a rendition of Amazing Grace by the president as an interlude in their album.
Obama had sang the hymn at the funeral of Clementa C. Pinckney, one of the victims of the Charleston church shooting.
The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the shooting took place, also gave the band permission to use the rendition.
“We have a tiny clip of the President singing Amazing Grace at that church,” band frontrunner Chris Martin said.
“[It’s on the album] because of the historical significance of what he did, and also the song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found’.”
“Barack Obama wouldn’t let just anyone feature his vocals on the record, especially considering what a deeply emotional moment it was for him,” The Sun reported.
“But he clearly loves Coldplay and is happy to be a part of their music history. The band were obviously thrilled.
“They needed to get permission from Obama himself and the Charleston church it was recorded in.”