Jon Batiste triumphed at the Grammys and is ready for a new challenge: acting

His name has resonated in recent weeks thanks to the fact that he was the artist with the most Grammy nominations and also the top winner, with five awards, including Album of the Year. But now Jon Batiste is ready to conquer a new medium: acting.

According to a magazine report VarietyBatiste will play a pianist (he is himself) in the musical tape The color purplewhich Oprah Winfrey produces and is directed by Blitz Bazawule, the New York-based Ghanaian-born filmmaker also known as Blitz the Ambassador as a hip hop musician.

Batiste will play gradyhusband shug avery (Taraji P. Henson), described as “a musician. affable and sweet, the epitome of charm and eloquence,” and joins an all-star cast headed by Fantasia Barrino (in her own film debut) as Celiethe protagonist of the plot, a black woman who experiences a personal awakening in the southern United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

Danielle Brooks, known for the series Orange is the new black and other musical figures such as HER and Ciara are part of the cast of the film, an adaptation of the iconic novel by Alice Walker, which previously had a film version directed by Steven Spielberg and a Broadway musical.

Oprah, who made her acting debut in Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1985 film, is helming the production, which also stars Spielberg himself, as well as Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, who produced the Broadway musical.

“Go and play.” They were the two instructions that Jonathan Michael Batiste, better known as Jon Batiste, followed when, at just 6 or 7 years old, he started playing the conga drums of the Batiste Brothers Band. As he told the magazine rolling stonethat is his “first musical memory”.

Batiste was born in 1986 in Metairie, Louisiana, into a family of Catholics and fighters against racial segregation, as well as musicians. At 11 he started playing the piano combining learning classical music with transcribing video game soundtracks. At 17 he released his debut album Times in New Orleans (2005).

While studying at the Juilliard School, he met the companions with whom he would form the band Stay Human, with whom he participates in the program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. With a degree in Music and a Master’s degree, Jon Batiste specialized in jazz during his studies and has mixed it with other genres such as R&B, soul, rap, pop, rock, in a fusion that has accumulated millions of views on YouTube.

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As a composer, he has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Prince, Mavis Staples, Roy Hargrove, Lenny Kravitz, Willie Nelson, Cory Wong, Bill Laswell and Chad Smith.

In addition to having seven albums in his discography and five more recorded live, the most recent being the Grammy Award-winning we areis the author of the soundtrack of the Disney Pixar film Soul (2020), for which he received an Oscar. With information from EFE.

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Jon Batiste triumphed at the Grammys and is ready for a new challenge: acting