MULTI-GRAMMY® AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JON BATISTE RELEASES NEW ORIGINAL SONG “IT NEVER WENT AWAY”

FROM NEW DOCUMENTARY AMERICAN SYMPHONY

OUT IN SELECT US/UK CINEMAS NOW AND AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON NETFLIX FROM 29 NOVEMBER

TRAILER FEATURES “BUTTERFLY” FROM HIS GRAMMY-NOMINATED ALBUM WORLD MUSIC RADIO

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24 NOVEMBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) — Multi-GRAMMY and Academy Award Winner Jon Batiste has released “It Never Went Away” via Verve Records/Interscope/Universal Music Canada from the forthcoming documentary American Symphony. The film follows a year in the lives of Batiste and his partner, author-artist Suleika Jaoaud, as Batiste composes a major symphonic work while Jaouad undergoes treatment for cancer. “It Never Went Away,” written by Batiste and GRAMMY winner Dan Wilson, is an expression of the enduring love on display in the film, which debuts in select UK and US cinemas from November 24. The film will be available for streaming globally via Netflix on Wednesday, November 29. Listen to the song HERE.

Says Batiste: ‘“It Never Went Away” details a love that outlasts any condition of the physical world. It probes the question of our mortality, while at the same time speaking to the enduring quality of our deepest callings and desires. That part of us that stands in protest to the ills of the physical world is, in fact, evidence of our perpetual nature.”

Directed and produced by Academy Award® nominee and multiple Emmy Award® winner Matthew Heineman, American Symphony is produced by Higher Ground (President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company), Mercury Studios, and Our Time Projects.

Alice Webb, CEO and Co-President of Mercury Studios, commented: “From the first moment we started to work on this beautiful film we knew it was something special. Jon, Suleika and Matt are a powerful creative combination as is their story. Mercury Studios is proud to bring this film to the world, with our partners Netflix and Higher Ground. This is a movie steeped in love, commitment, and the highest creative ideals – and we couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of American Symphony.”

American Symphony premiered to critical acclaim at the 2023 Telluride Film Festival. Watch the trailer for the film HERE. The trailer features Batiste’s GRAMMY-nominated track “Butterfly” which is up for Song of the Year at the 2024 Awards.

Batiste was recently nominated for five GRAMMY Awards for his latest studio album, World Music Radio. Batiste also opened this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade New York by performing his track “Worship,” which is nominated for Record of the Year.

World Music Radio draws inspiration from his mission to create community with the power of music. The album received widespread critical acclaim for its universal message and genre-defying sound, hailed by NPR as “a sprawling exploration of what global music can sound like,” and by the Associated Press as “a mesmerizing way to dial into Batiste’s eclectic and wide musicality.” Recent appearances by Batiste in support of World Music Radio include CBS Mornings, The Today Show, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? in the US, The One Show in the UK, and C à vous in France, among others. Exclusive colour vinyl (including glow-in-the-dark), limited edition signed items, and other merchandise can be ordered HERE: https://jon-batiste.lnk.to/ItNeverWentAway

In support of the album, Batiste is gearing up to kick off his Uneasy Tour: Purifying The Airwaves For The People. Visiting intimate theaters across North America and Canada, his first-ever headlining tour will kick off February 16 at the Schnitzer in Portland, OR and include stops at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA; The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA; The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN; Massey Hall in Toronto, ON; The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY; and ACL Live in Austin, TX. For a full list of dates and ticket information, please visit: jonbatiste.com/tour.

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ABOUT AMERICAN SYMPHONY

Early in 2022, multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste finds himself the most celebrated artist of the year with eleven Grammy nominations including Album of the Year. In the midst of that triumph, Jon is immersed in his most ambitious challenge yet: composing “American Symphony”, an original symphony that thrillingly reimagines the classical traditions of the form, bringing together an expansive and inclusive diaspora of music for a performance at storied Carnegie Hall. This extraordinary trajectory is upended, however, when Batiste’s life partner – best-selling author Suleika Jaouad – learns that her long dormant cancer has returned. In the moving and deeply intimate American Symphony, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, The First Wave, Retrograde) delivers a portrait of two inimitable artists at a crossroad and a profound meditation on art, love, and the creative process.

November 24, 2023 12:20pm ET by Pressparty  

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