‘American Idol’ Winner Just Sam Releases New Song Dedicated to Murdered Friends & Family

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ABC Samantha "Just Sam" Diaz won "American Idol" season 18.

Samantha “Just Sam” Diaz was crowned the winner of ABC’sAmerican Idol” in 2020, and the singer has released some music for fans since then. Now, Just Sam released her new single “Change.”

The “American Idol” champion released “Change” on September 28, 2021, and she announced the song on Instagram.

“The message of Change is that we must turn the other cheek, forgive and rise above these circumstances to finally break these cycles of violence,” she wrote in the post announcing the song’s release. “It’s our responsibility to become better, to say yes to healing and no to violence.”

The words were credited to Just Sam’s co-songwriter on the new track, Cat Clark.


Just Sam Previously Dedicated the Song to Murdered Friends & Family

In late August 2021, “American Idol” champ took to Instagram to announce that she’d be releasing a song that will be very personal to her.

“This next song is very important to me,” she wrote in the post. “After losing many people not only this year but LAST year and the Year before too, I felt it heavy in my heart to create music that was going to be for the people that were lost.”

She continued, “All of the people that this song is going to be dedicated to were murdered. I lost a lot of people to the streets, to gang violence and street violence, but it’s truly tiring having to keep burying my family/friends because of STUPID SH**!!!!!”


The Song Is Written By Just Sam & Cat Clark

The song was written by Just Sam and her partner Cat Clark, but it’s extra personal to Just Sam, who said she was crying while writing the Instagram post initially announcing the song.

She continued, asking when the violence would end and said that it was happening because “people are too prideful, people are too hurt, people are too angry & people are too used to this ‘HOOD WAY’ or the ‘Street life.’”

She said that she was crying because of all the losses she has experienced due to gun and gang violence.

“It truly hurts my heart,” she wrote. “I’m overwhelmed with sadness. People are already dying of covid and that’s not enough. I know that my music isn’t going to make everyone turn their guns and knives in,  I know that my music isn’t going to take away the years of pain and anger over gang beef & gang war, but I truly do hope to inspire people and get this message out there.”

The new song will be titled “Change,” and Just Sam is dedicating it to her brothers, friends, and loved ones that have been murdered.

“There is so much more that I want to say, but I will continue to put it into my music. This record is being released in September.”

She also thanked her producer for helping with the song.

On March 13, 2021, Just Sam released a new single called “Africando,” which she thanked #TeamJustSam for on Instagram as well as her co-songwriter Cat Clark.

“Thank you to #TeamJustSam for making this possible,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you to @catclarkmusic for taking the time to write this with me!!! Thank you to anyone who helped me with this project & thank you @distrokid for all that you guys do for us as artists. MUSIC VIDEO COMING SOON.”

“American Idol” returns for season 20 in early 2022.

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