Here comes The-Dream spreading his own unique brand of holiday cheer. Without any hints or forewarning, the multi-hyphen talent shared a new project titled I Am Sam, a collection of covers by legendary soul singer Sam Cooke. According to Dream, the songs were ones he recorded while he was helping Beyonce cook up her 4 album back in 2010.
As for why he’s releasing them now, timing plays an important role. “My Mother loved a lot of Artist(s) growing up, but the one we shared the most interest in together was Sam Cooke, so Tonight I give him back to her, [sic]” he wrote. “My mother passed on the 23rd day of December in 1992.” The eight-song set includes a few of Cooke’s classics like “Chain Gang” and “Everybody Loves To Cha Cha” as well as the all-time favorite “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Stream I Am Sam below.