|Written by|| Chris Jackson|
|Publisher|| Sesame Street Inc.|
Easy Reader Music
The song won a 2011 Daytime Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Original Song - Children's and Animation" category.
Rechov Sumsum recorded their own version of the song, with vocals done primarily by kids. (YouTube) The song was re-recorded for the Sesame Workshop Resilience Initiative, "Little Children, Big Challenges", in 2012. (YouTube) The entire cast performed the song at the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Bill Sherman, co-writer of the song, reflected on the song an interview with ShowbizU:
|“||I wrote this song for Sesame Street called "What I Am," this big tune for them...and it was sung by Will.i.am. And that was the first, like, major...pop icon person I had ever dealt with. And I was super in love with it. And it had, like, a bridge and this whole thing. And I sent it to him, and he totally reworked it, in the sense that he took out my bridge, which I loved, and...took the tune and made it something. And I heard late that he's, like, a super picky...crazy human being. And, eventually, he came to the studio and we were talking and he was like, 'I really like this song.'||”|
- Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
- SesameStreet's YouTube Channel
- The Sesame Street Podcast: Confidence (edited)