Disney composer Jon Batiste gives thanks to God

Disney composer Jon Batiste gives thanks to God

Disney hit blockbuster Soul picked up two of the biggest accolades at the 93rd Academy Awards with the Best Animated Film and Best Original Score.

And composer Jon Batiste says it is all down to God.

He said: “You know what’s deep is God gave us 12 notes. It’s the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, that Bach had, Nina Simone.

“I want to point out that every gift is special. Every contribution with music that comes from the divine into the instruments, into the film, into the minds, hearts and souls of every person who hears it… it’s just so incredibly special. We’re incredibly humbled and thankful.

“I’m thankful to God for those 12 notes.”

A devout Christian and regular churchgoer, Batiste says he starts his day with 30 minutes of meditation and prayer. He said: “I start by sitting cross-legged on the wooden floor of my living room, closing my eyes and doing some deep breathing. Then I get on my knees and read the Bible.”

Read the whole story in the June 2021 issue of New Life Newspaper.

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