From the Press Release-
#1 UK chart-topping Classical tenor, Jonathan Antoine, announces that he has recorded the critically-acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren’s 2021 Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning song, “Io Sì (Seen).” This new version will debut alongside an original music video on Friday, May 7, 2021!
“I cannot wait for everyone to hear this, there are musical things on this track that I’ve been wanting to do for the last 10 years finally being realised, and I am so very glad to have been given the opportunity to be a part of Diane’s musical world. I can only be here doing this because of the immeasurable kindness of people like you reading this and supporting me all these years. Thank you everyone, and I’ll see you all soon!” ~J
The original song, a deeply personalized, emotional ballad with music and lyrics by Diane Warren and Italian lyrics by Laura Pausini and Niccolò Agliardi, was first performed by Laura Pausini for Netflix’s 2020 film, The Life Ahead.
Warren is a 12-time Academy Award® nominee whose other accolades include one Grammy Award (with 15 nominations), an Emmy Award®, and two Golden Globe Awards, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Having expressed praise for Antoine’s sound before, she asked him to record his own version of the celebrated track. When speaking of Antoine’s re-imagined version, Warren has noted Antoine to be “such an amazing singer. I had a feeling it would be brilliant when I heard he was going to record it, but I was not prepared for how truly awesome it would be. I know his fans and everyone who hears it will feel the same. Bravo, my friend!”
This is not the first time Warren and Antoine have collaborated on music together, as Jonathan has recorded two of Diane’s songs in the past: “These Are The Special Times (Momenti Splendidi)” and “Compass (I Will Lead You Home),” both released in 2020 as part of Antoine’s albums, ChristmasLand and Going The Distance, respectively.
Jonathan’s rendition of “Io Sì (Seen)” was produced by Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winning producer Gregg Field, who has worked with legendary stars such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, and more. Antoine recorded the vocals in London, while the music was recorded by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra in Hungary, and was produced by Field in Los Angeles. Like the original, Antoine’s version is sung in Italian.
Io Si will be released via Loki Artist Group and MTX on the 7th of May, and we here at Antoine Multimedia hope that it is as much of a joy to listen to as it was to create.