Nathaniel Rateliff has released the new song “Redemption,” which he wrote for the forthcoming Apple Original film, Palmer. The picture will premiere globally on January 29, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+.
Its stellar cast includes Justin Timberlake, Alisha Wainwright, and Juno Temple and it tells the story of former high-school football star Eddie Palmer, played by Timberlake, who went from being a home town hero to a convicted felon, with a 12-year sentence in a state penitentiary.
“When I was first asked to write a song for Palmer I was told what the film was about and where the song was going to be used,” says Rateliff. “The melody and the opening line came to me immediately. But it wasn’t until I had a conversation with Justin that helped me to put the song together. He said the film was about redemption. I saw that in the characters and did my best to add to the scene in the film.”
“Redemption” features both in the film and its trailer, which you can see here:
The 42-year-old singer-songwriter from St. Louis has enjoyed great success and acclaim this year with his Stax Records album And It’s Still Alright, which came out in February. NPR’s World Café has just placed its title track at No.1 on its Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020 list.
The album spent eight consecutive weeks at No.1 on the Americana Albums Chart and that title track ruled Triple A Radio for eight weeks in a row, nine on the Americana Singles chart and three at Non-Commercial radio. Rateliff’s TV promotion for the album included spots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and, last month, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Rateliff also recently joined Mark Knopfler, Nick Lowe, George Benson, Joe Satriani, Weezer, Leon Bridges, Graham Nash and other artists who donated instruments to the National Independent Talent Organization’s (NITO) Guitar and Stringed Instruments Auction. The auction ran from December 3-13.
And It’s Still Alright can be bought here.