By Stevie Connor.
Multi-Grammy and Oscar winner Jon Batiste releases "Drink Water" from his forthcoming album World Music Radio, out August 18 via Verve/Interscope/Universal Music Canada. The summer anthem features album co-executive producer Jon Bellion and singer Fireboy DML. Pre-order World Music Radio HERE.
On “DrinkWater, ” Batiste, Fireboy DML, and Bellion remind listeners to “take a deep breath, drink water” when overwhelmed by life's currents. Batiste says, “Traveling with my wife, leaning into the culturally diverse group of friends and family that make up my inner circle birthed the foundations for what is now World Music Radio – much of which was recorded in transit, hotel rooms, basements and on smartphones either abroad or near big bodies of water.”
“Drink Water” follows the announcement of World Music Radio with lead single "Calling Your Name,” which received extensive press coverage including Offbeat (“Batiste has proven his ability to transcend genres”), Stereogum (“a short, bouncy synthpop number”) and UPROXX (“groovy… silky vocals”).
Batiste is also scheduled to participate in the TODAY Show Summer Concert Series to celebrate his album release on August 18th.
Jon Batiste is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, bandleader, and television personality. He has recorded and performed with artists in various genres of music (Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Roy Hargrove, and Mavis Staples), released his own recordings, and performed in more than 40 countries. Batiste, with his band Stay Human, appeared nightly as bandleader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 2015 to 2022.
Batiste also serves as the music director of The Atlantic and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. In 2020, he co-composed the score for the Pixar animated film Soul, for which he received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award and a BAFTA Film Award (all shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). Batiste has garnered 5 Grammy Awards from 14 nominations, including an Album of the Year win for his album We Are.
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