Jon Batiste is an Award-Winning American Musician, Bandleader, and TV Personality. At 17, Jon Batiste released his debut album “Times in New Orleans” which was then followed by “Jazz Is Now”, “Social Music” (with Stay Human), “The Process” (with Chad Smith and Bill Laswell), “Christmas with Jon Batiste”, “Hollywood Africans”, “Meditations” (with Cory Wong)”. On March 19, 2021, he released “WE ARE”, his fifth solo studio album. He also released a live EP, “Live at Electric Lady” in July 2021. He has recorded and performed with artists in various genres of music (Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Roy Hargrove, and Mavis Staples), released his own recordings, and performed in more than 40 countries. He regularly tours with his band Stay Human and appears with them nightly as bandleader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015. He acted as co-composer on the Pixar animated film Soul, for which he received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Film Award (all shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) in the year 2020. In addition, he serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Jon Batiste and Young Chart-Toppers Lead 2022 Grammy Nominations
Singer and composer, Jon Batiste has topped this year’s Grammy nominations, with 10 nods. Nominations for the 64th annual Grammy Awards announced on Tuesday recognized chart-topping pop stars like Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, and Billie Eilish. But the artist with the most chances to win is Jon Batiste, the composer, and bandleader known for his work in television and film, who was nominated 11 times, including for his eclectic, soul-inflected album “We Are”. For album of the year, Batiste competes against Bieber (“Justice,” in a deluxe version), Doja Cat (“Planet Her,” also deluxe), Rodrigo (“Sour”), Eilish (“Happier Than Ever”), Taylor Swift (“Evermore”), Lil Nas X (“Montero”), Kanye West (“Donda”), H.E.R. (“Back of My Mind”), and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (“Love for Sale,” a tribute to Cole Porter). The 2022 Grammy awards take place on 31 January.
What is Jon Batiste Famous For?
- Being an American musician, bandleader, and television personality.
- For composing music for the 2020 film “Soul”, collaborating with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
What is the Real Name of Jon Batiste? Know About His Family, Age, and Education
Jon Batiste was born with the real name of Jonathan Michael Batiste on 11th November 1986. He is from Metairie, Louisiana, the USA. Whereas, he spent his childhood in Kenner, Louisiana. He holds American nationality and he belongs to the African-American ethnicity. As of 2021, he celebrated his 35th birthday. He is from a Catholic family. Thus, he follows the Christianity religion. About his parents, he was born to his father, Michael Batiste, and his mother whose name is still a mystery. He has six siblings; brothers with whom he spent his childhood. He is a member of a New Orleans musical dynasty, the Batiste family, that includes Lionel Batiste of the Treme Brass Band, Milton Batiste of the Olympia Brass Band, and Russell Batiste Jr. He played percussion and drums with his family’s band, the Batiste Brothers Band when he was only eight. He switched to piano at his mother’s suggestion at the age of eleven. After that, he developed his piano skills by taking classical music lessons and transcribing songs from video games such as Street Fighter Alpha, Final Fantasy VII, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Scorpio is his Zodiac sign.
About his education, he attended St. Augustine High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with Trombone Shorty in New Orleans and graduated in 2004. After that, he went on to attend the Juilliard School, receiving a Bachelor of Music in 2011 and a Master of Music in 2013.
Jon Batiste Career Timeline
- Jon Batiste released his debut album “Times in New Orleans” at the age of seventeen.
- He next released his second album, “Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art”.
- He made his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at the age of twenty where he performed and produced his own show.
- After that, he started conducting music clinics, classes, and workshops throughout the Netherlands in inner-city schools and underprivileged neighborhoods.
- Further then, he released a number of music projects including “Social Music” (2013) which spent over a month at the top of the Billboard and iTunes jazz charts; The Late Show EP (2016) with Stay Human; and a holiday album Christmas with Jon Batiste (2016).
- Later, he released the singles “Ohio” with Leon Bridges and Gary Clark Jr. as well as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for The Atlantic in the year 2017.
- His debut solo album “Hollywood Africans” was released by Verve Records in September 2018. The album’s lead single was “Don’t Stop”.
- During Batiste’s career time, his notable career performances include a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino during the 60th annual Grammy Awards (performing alongside Gary Clark Jr.); the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Carmen De Lavallade; the Concert for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama; the National Anthem at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game; and Opening Night of the 2017 US Open.
- As of June 2020, he took part in the Juneteenth celebration in Brooklyn, New York with a day of protests, marches, rallies, and vigils to “celebrate, show solidarity, and fight for equal rights and treatment of Black people”.
- He was joined by Matt Whitaker in a performance presented in partnership with Sing For Hope.
- The 2020 Juneteenth took place during the protests following the murder of George Floyd, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, seen by some as connected to an increase in awareness of racial injustice.
- When questioned as to the differences he sees in the present movement for change, and its connection to music, Batiste responded by saying: “…music has always been something that has had all of the different purposes of our life and our community and our healing and our unspoken pain – and the transmission of messages and the raising awareness of a condition of a people. […] What’s different now is that it’s much more widespread in the support of changing the systemic oppression that’s been going on for 400 years.” He believes, “Now, it’s more important than ever for us to be reintroduced to what our ancestors used music for because it’s been forgotten. […] The world at large sees music as entertainment. It’s never been that, at its root. It is that in one element of it, but the entire spectrum of music is far, far deeper and wide-ranging.”
- He has also composed music for the 2020 film “Soul”, collaborating with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
- He released “WE ARE”, his fifth solo studio album on 19th March 2021.
- He released a live EP, Live at Electric Lady, performed in one day at Electric Lady Studios in July 2021 which was released to Spotify.
Jon Batiste and the band, Stay Human
- The band “Stay Human: released the album “MY N.Y.”. The album was recorded in its entirety on New York City Subway trains, an idea that came to Batiste after questioning how to connect with people.
- The band played for the March for Science rally at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on 22nd April 2017.
- He alongside the band appeared on “The Colbert Report” to perform the group’s single “Express Yourself”, written and produced with Austin Bis.
- It was announced on 4th June 2015 stating that Jon Batiste and Stay Human would serve as the house band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. Later, the show was premiered on CBS on 8th September 2015 in which Batiste and Stay Human have performed alongside Billy Joel, Will Smith, Wynton Marsalis, John Legend, Grace VanderWaal, and Nas.
Jon Batiste Acting Career
- Besides this, he was cast in the HBO television series “Treme” appearing in seasons 2, 3 and 4.
- Then, he was cast as T.K. Hazelton in director Spike Lee’s film “Red Hook Summer” in which he composed and performed the Hammond B-3 organ music that was a part of the film score.
- Other film scores composed by Batiste include the television documentary “Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back” and the short film “Melody of Choice”.
- He also appears in the film “Thrive” by Paul Szynol.
Jon Batiste Awards and Achievements
Jon Batiste is an award-winning singer who has won 18 awards and has been nominated for 24 awards. In the 64th Grammy Awards, he earned 11 nominations. Eight for “WE ARE” and three for the music composed for the movie “Soul”. He was placed in the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 music list and was named Grand Marshal of Endymion Parade in New Orleans in 2018. Additionally, he has been awarded the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harry Chapin ASCAP Humanitarian Award, and the Movado Future Legend Award. As of May 2017, he received an honorary degree from Salve Regina University for his musical achievements and contributions to Newport’s 2014 International Jazz Day. In the year 2018, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance for “Saint James Infirmary Blues”. In 2020, he received two Grammy nominations: his album Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, and Meditations (with Cory Wong) was nominated for Best New Age Album. In the year 2020, he alongside Nine Inch Nails band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composed the score for the Disney and Pixar animated film “Soul”. The three went on to win the Golden Globe, the Critics’ Choice Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Original Score. His Oscar win made him only the second Black composer to win an award in the category (after Herbie Hancock in 1987). In 2021, Batiste received eleven nominations and became the most nominated artist at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
Who is Jon Batiste Girlfriend?
Jon Batiste is not a married man but he is currently in a relationship with his beautiful girlfriend, Suleika Jaouad. Professionally, his partner, Suleika Jaouad is an American writer, advocate, and motivational speaker who is the author of the ‘Life, Interrupted’ column in the New York Times and has also written for Vogue, Glamour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Women’s Health. They are fully committed to each other. They have been dating for the past ten years. Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad first met at a band camp in 2001. They started dating almost immediately after and have been together till now. They are planning to be husband and wife soon by marrying. They are enjoying their present life happily without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
Jon Batiste Net Worth: How much he makes annually?
Jon Batiste is a musician, bandleader, as well as a television personality. The net worth of Jon Batiste is estimated to have $4 Million as of 2021. Releasing several songs and a number of albums, he is making an earning/salary in thousands of dollars which he has not stated yet. A musical artist in the United States makes an average of $41,217 per year. His main source of wealth comes from the music industry which includes albums release, tours, tickets sales, and more. He is satisfied with his earnings and he is living a cool lifestyle as of today.
Jon Batiste Height and Weight
Jon Batiste is a handsome musician who stands tall at the perfect height of 5 feet 11 inches and his body weight consist of 72 Kg. His body type is slim. His eye color is brown and his hair color is black. His other body measurements details have not been disclosed yet. Overall, he has got good health. Previously, his half soul, Jon Batiste was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Doctors said she had only a 35% chance of surviving in the long run. She survived and subsequently writes and speaks extensively about her medical experiences. Her Emmy Award-winning column, “Life, Interrupted” was part of the New York Times Well blog.