2 September, 2022Print
Willie Jones Taps Jon Batiste And Michael Todd For “Get Low, Get High (Part 2)”Collaboration Brings New Meaning To Mental Health Anthem
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sony Music Nashville / The Penthouse innovator and “country-trap iconoclast” (Grammy.com) Willie Jones today releases “Get Low, Get High (Part 2)” with five-time Grammy Award winner Jon Batiste and Pastor Michael Todd. Listen here.
A serendipitous holiday brought the trio together. Jones was visiting family in his native Louisiana over Thanksgiving and mulling who, if anyone, would be the right fit to enhance the uplifting track when Todd (Jones’ cousin and earliest co-writer) volunteered to contribute a verse. In another twist of fate, later that night Jones got a FaceTime from his friend and creative director Jemel McWilliams. On the other side of the phone was Jon Batiste, whose music had offered Jones solace when he faced lonely and uncertain days upon first moving to Nashville.
“I talked with Jon and sent him ‘Get Low, Get High’ and asked if he might want to hop on. Next thing I know I’m in New York in a studio working with him on his verse,” said Jones. “Then I went to Tulsa to work with Michael on his. It was really important to all three of us to get this just right, and it was a true collaboration. To have three Black men on this song about mental health is very meaningful to me.”