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Jon Batiste: Bio

Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, and composer. As an educator and television personality he spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." A Grammy nominee for his 2018 release, Hollywood Africans, Jon is also a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Jon is also a coveted brand ambassador- featured in campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln Motor Company, and numerous fashion brands including Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, Barney's, and Nordstrom. He has worked with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, among many others, and his personal style has been profiled in various fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. Batiste's mission is to share his faith, hope, and love with the world around him. 

1 WE ARE  
2 TELL THE TRUTH  
3 CRY  
4 I NEED YOU  
5 WHATCHUTALK  
6 BOY HOOD  
7 MOVEMENT 11'  
8 ADULTHOOD  
9 MAVIS  
10 FREEDOM  
11 SHOW ME THE WAY  
12 SING  
13 UNTIL  
I NEED YOU
CRY (Lyric Video)
Lightning 100 is In conversation with Jon Batiste
Stephen & Jon's Cartoon Thanks-Travaganza
Lang Lang plays 'Chopsticks' with Jon Batiste

WE ARE represents a completely new sonic chapter for Jon Batiste. Inviting some of the most esteemed creative minds to assist in birthing the album, he reached the finish line smack in the middle of the first wave of the worldwide pandemic and volatile social unrest. The result is a body of work characterized by the consciousness of Marvin Gaye, the grounded optimism of Stevie Wonder, the iconoclasm of Thelonious Monk and the swagger of Mannie Fresh.

Alongside songwriter Autumn Rowe and producer Kizzo, Batiste wrote and planned much of the project in about a week from his dressing room at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he's the musical director and bandleader. WE ARE was recorded in New York, Los Angeles and in his native New Orleans, melding inspiration from his new home and new collaborators with that of the Batiste musical dynasty. The album was also recorded in between sessions for Disney/Pixar's 2020 hit film Soul­, which saw Batiste's music - and hands - incorporated into the animation about a teacher who dreams of being a jazz pianist.