Jon Batiste '04 releases song featuring the Marching 100

Jon Batiste '04, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, celebrates Black lives with WE ARE: A REVIVAL, a live performance in conjunction with Sing For Hope, an organization bringing music and hope to schools, veterans, and community members alike, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center protest today, June 12 at 5 PM. Batiste will be joined by band members and friends to collectively offer inspiration and, through the power of music, unite all. Attendees are encouraged to join in the demonstration.

Batiste also announces his powerful new song, WE ARE, released through Verve Records, featuring the St. Augustine High School Marching 100, Gospel Soul Children led by Craig Adams, Autumn Rowe, David Gauthier, and Braedon and Brennan Gautier. The song, produced by Batiste, Pomo, and Kizzo, and executive produced by Ryan Lynn, is an anthem for the protest movement, encouraging all to take charge and participate in direct action to demand systematic change.

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On WE ARE, Batiste shares, “This music is meant to feed your soul. I was supposed to wait for the album to put this song out, but WE ARE is for my people. It’s for those who are struggling through this time and who are fighting for change - for those who have hope. It’s a reminder that they are the light on the other side. I feel like my people would appreciate music like this right now.”

The release of WE ARE follows WE ARE: THE PROTEST, a peaceful demonstration led by Batiste with over 5,000 musicians, dancers, and marchers participating on Saturday, June 6. The march included a New Orleans-influenced second line throughout New York City, beginning with a powerful speech from Batiste in Union Square, continuing to Washington Square Park and along 6th Ave to New York City’s Empire State Building. The protest which garnered national press coverage from MSNBC, CNN, and many others, in support of nationwide calls for justice.
 
During the protest, Batiste proudly shared a word of encouragement, "Look at what we're doing. We're using music to bring people together, of all races, of all genders, for Black lives. We have to get to protests and we have to get to voting. 100 million people did not vote in the last election. We are battling three candidates: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and apathy, and we have to fight apathy more than anything. We have to fight for Black lives, and right now, if we don't do that, nobody will. We're the ones. WE ARE. We are the chosen ones. We can change this."
 
 
ABOUT SING FOR HOPE
Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Sing for Hope brings arts-based hope, healing, and connection to millions of people worldwide in hospitals, schools, refugee camps, and transit hubs. Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope extends this work wherever it's needed most by partnering with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizing thousands of artists in creative service, and producing hundreds of artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos. We champion art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal. Sing for Hope's programs are made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts; Fosun International; The Sing for Hope Founders’ Circle, including The International Foundation for Arts and Culture (Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman, Sing for Hope Global Patron), The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy and Henry Arnhold, The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, and Ann Ziff. Learn more at www.singforhope.org

ABOUT JON BATISTE
Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. The Grammy-nominated artist, signed to Verve Records, is also an educator and television personality who spreads his unbridled optimism and 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.” Jon is 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.
 
About St. Augustine High School Music Programs
Each year St. Augustine High School’s internationally acclaimed music program draws talented students from all around the Greater New Orleans area. This unique program brings students directly into the life of New Orleans’ professional music community, allowing them to study in a disciplined environment while receiving a standard of artistic and academic training unique at the secondary school level. Graduates of the program go on to study at some of the world’s best colleges and conservatories.