How to Learn Singing “A Change Is Gonna Come” from Sam Cooke

How to Learn Singing “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke

Singing a song like “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke requires not only vocal skill but also a deep understanding of the emotion and message behind the lyrics. In this article, we will guide you through the process of learning and performing this iconic song.

1. Analyze Your Voice and Determine Your Range

Before starting to learn the song, it’s important to know your vocal range to ensure you can comfortably sing the song’s notes. Take the Vocal Range Test on Singing Carrots and compare your range with that of Sam Cooke or other famous singers who have sung this song.

2. Understand the Technique: Soul and Gospel Influences

“A Change Is Gonna Come” is known for its soulful and gospel-inspired style. It’s important to understand and incorporate these influences into your performance. To learn more about these vocal techniques, check out the educational article on Contemporary Vocal Techniques: Heavy Modal, Twang, Belting.

3. Study the Original Song

Listen to the original recording of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke multiple times to familiarize yourself with the phrasing, dynamics, and overall style of the song. Pay attention to how Sam Cooke delivers the emotional impact of the lyrics and try to incorporate those nuances into your own interpretation.

4. Work on Breath Control and Phrasing

Breath support is crucial for a song like “A Change Is Gonna Come”, as it requires sustained phrases and controlled dynamics. Read the Singing Carrots articles on Breath Support and Opening Your Mouth and Throat to improve your breath control and achieve better resonance.

5. Practice Vocal Exercises

Warm up your voice with vocal exercises that focus on range expansion, agility, and control. Singing Carrots’ Pitch Training tool offers interactive vocal warm-ups and pitch exercises that can help you develop the necessary vocal skills for singing “A Change Is Gonna Come”.

6. Find Similar Songs and Expand Your Repertoire

“A Change Is Gonna Come” shares musical elements with other classic soul and gospel songs. Explore Singing Carrots’ Song Search feature to discover similar songs that showcase the unique vocal style and techniques used in “A Change Is Gonna Come”.

7. Seek Professional Guidance

If you want to deepen your understanding of vocal techniques or need personalized guidance, consider enrolling in Singing Carrots’ Educational Singing Course. The course covers singing theory, practical tips, and exercises to help you improve your singing ability.


“A Change Is Gonna Come” is a powerful song that requires both technical skill and emotional connection. By following the steps outlined in this article, analyzing your voice, understanding the song’s unique vocal technique, and utilizing Singing Carrots’ resources, you can learn to sing this iconic song with confidence and authenticity.