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In honor of his Mother who passed away 23 years ago today, The-Dream has released IAMSAM – a surprise project that features the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter doing his own renditions of iconic Sam Cooke songs.

The-Dream says the project — which features eight songs including the revered “A Change Is Gonna Come” — was originally recorded during the making of Beyoncé’s 4 album in 2010.

“My Mother loved a lot of Artist growing up, but the one we shared the most interest in together was Sam Cooke, so Tonight I give him back to her,” The-Dream writes under an image of the project’s cover art on Instagram. “These songs were originally recording during the making of @beyonce ‘s 4 album in 2010 w my good Friend Pat Thrall. My mother passed on the 23rd day of December in 1992.”

The-Dream’s Instagram post can be viewed below:

The-Dream’s IAMSAM can be streamed below:


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