Jon Batiste releases ‘It Never Went Away’

The song appears in the new Netflix documentary American Symphony

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 on November 24th. The film will be available for streaming globally via Netflix on Wednesday, November 29th.

“‘It Never Went Away’ details a love that outlasts any condition of the physical world,” Batiste shares. “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.

American Symphony premiered to critical acclaim at the 2023 Telluride Film Festival. 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 a community with the power of music. The album received widespread critical acclaim for its universal message and genre-defying sound.

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 16th at the Schnitzer in Portland, Oregon, and include stops in Seattle, San Francisco, Nashville, Toronto, New York City and others.

Buddy Iahn
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