NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2022) – Today, the renowned Oscar and multi-Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and composer Jon Batiste, 3x Grammy® Award-winning and multi-Platinum-selling a cappella group Pentatonix and the iconic Grammy winning and 13-time Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren deliver the single “Sweet (Single Edit)” (Di-Namic Records/BMG) with music and lyrics by Diane Warren.
The release of the single comes on the heels of the announcement that Warren has been selected to receive an Honorary Oscar as voted by the Academy’s Board of Governors. She is the first songwriter to receive an Honorary Oscar which will be presented at Academy’s 13th Governors Awards in November 2022.
“‘Sweet’ is like a jolt of positivity right when we need it the most. And there is no one who exudes more positivity and joy than the amazing Jon Batiste. To have both Jon and the greatest a cappella group in the world, Pentatonix on my song is a dream come true. Just in time to make everyone’s Summer a little SWEETer,” said Diane Warren.
“Life is full of ups and downs. Music is a gift that helps put it all in perspective. This song will find those who need it most,” said Jon Batiste.
“We were so honored to collaborate with such musical titans as Jon Batiste and Diane Warren. They’ve brought the world so much love and joy in their music. We hope the people feel like dancin’ and prancin’ when they listen to “Sweet”!” said Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix.
Last summer, Warren released Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions Vol. 1(Di-Namic Records/BMG), which featured an all-star cast of featured guest performances such as Carlos Santana, Rita Ora, Maren Morris, John Legend and Jimmie Allen to name a few. The Cave Sessions Vol. 1 can be streamed and purchased here.
About Jon Batiste
One of the best-known musicians of his generation, virtuoso pianist, singer, bandleader, educator and television personality Jon Batiste has spent his career bringing music back to where it started—with the people. Born into Louisiana’s legendarily musical Batiste family, Jon studied at Juilliard, where he established his Stay Human band by playing around New York City’s subways and in street performances he called “love riots.” He developed a fluency in jazz and popular music of all stripes, collaborating with legends from Wynton Marsalis to Prince. In 2015, Jon was named bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In 2020, his music was featured in the Disney/Pixar film Soul, for which he won an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, NAACP Image Award and Critic’s Choice Award for his participation in the soundtrack alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Jon Batiste’s latest studio album WE ARE, for which he received 11 Grammy Award nominations and ultimately won 5, was released in March 2021 to overwhelming critical acclaim. In 2022, Batiste’s composing and songwriting will be featured in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work “American Symphony,” set to premiere at Carnegie Hall.