Jonathan Michael Batiste

Jonathan Michael Batiste (born November 11, 1986)

Jonathan Michael Batiste is an American singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader, and television personality.

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.

 Batiste 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.

Batiste also serves as the music director of The Atlantic and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

In 2020, he co-composed the score for the Pixar animated film Soul, for which he received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award and a BAFTA Film Award (all shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross).

As of 2022, Batiste has garnered five Grammy Awards from 14 nominations, including a win for Album of the Year.

Jon Batiste was born in Metairie, Louisiana in a Catholic family.