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CREEM Winter 2022 by Jeremy Dean via 360 MAGAZINE.

CREEM Winter 2022

CREEM Reveals New 2nd Issue Cover Art + Merch By Jeremy Dean (The Rolling Stones, Black Flag, Grateful Dead)

Henry Rollins & Joe Rogan Feature Out Now

Issue #002 Coming December 15

ft. Smashing Pumpkins / Hole Photo Diary, A Look Into David Berman’s Final Days, A Creedence Clearwater Revival CIA Scandal, The Winklevoss Twins & More

Early Black Friday Sale Starts Today With 25% Off Annual Subscriptions

Today, the iconic and newly reborn CREEM revealed the cover art and the table of contents for its second issue since the magazine’s audacious relaunch earlier this year. Inspired by the punk zines of yesteryear, CREEM’s new cover and limited edition apparel capsule are designed by visionary artist Jeremy Deanbest known for his “Wonders of Black Flag” tees mashing up Grateful Dead & Black Flag iconography, alongside working with The Rolling Stones, Circle JerksCeremony & more.

“I think that my love for zines and that sort of photocopied and degraded look was really interesting to me, and I try to pay tribute in my work,” Dean explains. “We live in a world where everyone has a professional camera in their pocket, not to mention software like Photoshop. I like when photos are a little blurry, when someone’s art is imperfect, messy, and even a little fucked up.”

The Winter 2022 issue will hit subscribers’ mailboxes and online December 15, just in time for the holidays. Customers can now enjoy an unprecedented 25% off an annual print subscription to CREEM, as part of an early Black Friday sale running through November 27 – Subscribe here.

Readers can also pre-order items from the related limited edition capsule, featuring four shirts and two art prints with original designs by Dean, exclusive to CREEM.

Get an early taste for the issue with a feature by Michael Friedrich that pointedly connects the cultural dots from Henry Rollins to Joe Rogan, released today at CREEM.com, available to those who subscribe or sign up for a 30-day free trial, along with the entire CREEM archive.

Included in the Winter 2022 issue will also be Melissa Auf der Maur‘s never-before-seen Smashing Pumpkins & Hole photo diary, a Creedence Clearwater Revival CIA scandal, an insider account of the last days with David Bermana feature by Sam McPheeters on billionaire CEOs like the Winklevoss twins “purchasing” rock-star status and more.

One of the most unlikely and successful media launches of the year, CREEM debuted its first magazine issue since 1989 in September, along with the CREEM Archive featuring every issue from the magazine’s original 20 year run. Vanity Fair revealed the first print cover for the new oversized subscription-only premium quarterly, featuring original art by the legendary Raymond Pettibon (responsible for Sonic Youth’s Goo album cover & others), along with stories on The Who, Terry AllenSpecial Interest & KeiyaA, a reassessment of The Osmonds’ metal album and revival of their Stars Cars column with Slash.

Founded in 1969 Detroit, CREEM grew from underground paper to national powerhouse – an essential source of music journalism for twenty years. It reflected and shaped the culture, cultivating some of the most legendary writing talent of the era: Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe, Patti Smith, Robert Christgau and Jaan Uhelszki, who now returns as editor. The magazine’s original rise and fall is chronicled in the critically-acclaimed 2020 documentary CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, which earned praise everywhere from The New York Times to CBS This Morning.

Today, CREEM Entertainment is led by former VICE publisher John Martin as CEO, alongside Chairman JJ Kramer (son of original CREEM co-founder & publisher Barry Kramer). In addition to Uhelszki, the new CREEM editorial staff includes VP of Content Fred Pessaro formerly of VICE’s NoiseyExecutive Editor Dan Morrissey from Entertainment Weeklyand Senior Editor Maria Shermanfollowing her work at NPR, Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed, Jezebel, Netflix, ELLE and her critically acclaimed book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands. Editorial Director Dave Carnie has worked with Jackass, ESPN, Big Brother, and PenthouseGrace Scott joins as Associate Editor after her work with VICE & The Toronto Star, and Zachary Lipez as Editor at Large, following his work with Pitchfork, The Washington Post and others. This fall, CREEM welcomed Stephanie Augello as Photo Editor. Augello is an entertainment photographer and editor who has worked with Live Nation, Shutterstock Editorial, and ABC.

CREEM Issue #002:

The Hole Truth

Melissa Auf der Maur lived through this.

BY DAN MORRISSEY

Freak on a Leash

LustSickPuppy is CREEM’s new top dog. Awooooo!!!

BY LEAH MANDEL

Purple Mountains’ Majesty

The final days of David Berman.

BY TIM ABBONDELO

Compliance Rock o’ Clock

A look at the recent trend of billionaire CEOs arrogant enough to think they can purchase rock-star status.

BY SAM McPHEETERS

Double Fantasy

The undeniable horniness of playing music with someone.

BY ROB GOYANES

PLUS: Duet Till the Wheels Fall Off The CREEM staff rates rock couples.

Heavy Metal

Justin Borucki’s masterful tintype photography.

When Henry Met Joe…

In the DIY ethos of Roganism, all roads lead back to Rollins.

BY MICHAEL FRIEDRICH

Dilly Dally Feel Free

You’re indie rock’s critical darlings until you’re not. So when one of the biggest bands on the planet invited Dilly Dally on tour, who were they to say no?

BY KATE KILLET WITH MARIA SHERMAN

Eleganza: Like Mods to a Flame

Remembering moth, the fad that was too cool to be true.

BY ZACHARY LIPEZ

Unfortunate Son

How the CIA stole $5 million from Creedence Clearwater Revival to bust commies.

BY ROBERT SKVARLA

Beat Generation

Makaya McCraven helped turn hip-hop-savvy listeners on to jazz. Now he’s unveiled a soothing suite for dark times.

BY HANK SHTEAMER

Be Our Guest

A pictorial by Jackie Lee Young.

About CREEM Entertainment:

CREEM Entertainment is the modern-day reincarnation of Detroit’s legendaryCREEM Magazine. During its initial twenty-year run, CREEM launched the careers of countless iconic music journalists and bands, while never hesitating to lampoon those who took themselves too seriously. Today’s CREEM, powered by the next generation of cage-rattling truth tellers and provocateurs, delivers the best content, merchandise, and experiences to rock ‘n’ roll fans of all ages. Boy Howdy!

WILLOW via 360 MAGAZINE

WILLOW – COPINGMECHANISM

NEW ALBUM 

<COPINGMECHANISM>

OUT TODAY

MUSICAL GUEST ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE  TOMORROW OCTOBER 8TH

ur a <stranger>” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

Her best [album] yet… WILLOW’s musical ambition has always been there, but here it’s matched by larger-than-life rock that borrows from multiple eras, smashing those influences into something new.

Rolling Stone

“An adventurous step forward for an already-versatile young artist, as well as her deepest dive yet into rock music.”

Billboard

WILLOW has finally found her lane in the space where bouncy pop-punk and anguished emo-rock converge.”

The New York Times

Her most fully realized record yet… Her raw R&B-infused vocals, like a dagger draped in silk, are a megaphone for Gen Z’s caustic angst.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Further evidence that the young artist is impossible to pigeonhole.”

The AV Club

“The singer-songwriter pushes herself into a heavier sound and finds catharsis on her fifth album.”

Consequence

“WILLOW embodies the rock star she was destined to be.”

NPR

“Consistently takes unexpected turns yet culminate in her most cohesive project to date… Bears traces of everywhere WILLOW has been throughout her career, which feels both storied and like it’s only just beginning.” 

Exclaim

WILLOW releases her highly anticipated new album <COPINGMECHANISM> today, along with the self-directed music video for the fiery “ur a <stranger>,” co-starring Paris Jackson

<COPINGMECHANISM> was produced by WILLOW and Chris Greatti and follows 2021’s explosive release, lately I feel EVERYTHING.

WILLOW is set to play Saturday Night Live tomorrow, October 8th with host Brendan Gleeson

Additionally WILLOW has announced a pair of release shows in Los Angeles at The Novo on October 31st and New York at Terminal 5 on November 3rd. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience <COPINGMECHANISM> live!

Track List:

1. <maybe> it’s my fault

2. Falling Endlessly

3. curious/furious

4. WHY?

5. <Coping Mechanism>

6. Split

7. hover like a GODDESS

8. ur a <stranger>

9. Perfectly Not Close To Me (feat. Yves Tumor)

10. No Control

11. BATSHIT!

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FRANK MILLER VARIANT COVER via Marvel Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

FRANK MILLER’S NEW VARIANT COVER

Announced on August 17 morning by Entertainment Weekly, writer Ryan North and artist Iban Coello’s brand-new run of FANTASTIC FOUR begins this November! To celebrate the start of a new era for Marvel’s first family, legendary comics writer and artist Frank Miller has crafted an eye-catching cover for the series’ first issue starring the ‘Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed’ Thing! The variant cover marks Miller’s first Marvel Comics work in nearly 30 years, and fans can look forward to more variant covers from the visionary creator in the near future.

Check out Miller’s cover below and stay tuned for more news about FANTASTIC FOUR #1! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

Paris Jackson Lighthouse photo via Nas Bogado Rogers and Cowan PMK for use by 360 Magazine

paris jackson – lighthouse

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress and activist paris jackson unveiled her brand-new single entitled “lighthouse” out now via Republic Records—listen to “lighthouse” HERE. The song was produced by singer, songwriter, musician and producer Butch Walker

The single is released alongside the official music video, which was inspired by the iconic video for Nirvana‘s “Sliver.” In the video, paris pays homage with a photo of Kurt Cobain—a full circle moment to the original video. Watch the “lighthouse” video HERE.

The song channels unbridled nineties rock energy as it harnesses the power of a classic alternative dynamic with a twist of its own. paris’ hypnotic verses give way to a chantable chorus, “I can feel the lights go low, but I don’t wanna let go now, maybe if I turn around you’ll see me, and what you used to be,” before a hummable guitar solo.

On the song, paris says, “I continued to write about this same old heartbreak that wilted is about. A lot of the new songs coming out are similar stories about the same person and heartbreak. I guess I’m just exploring different feelings. wilted was a more melancholy record, and now I’m exploring more of the anger…”

paris recently lit up SXSW with her debut performance at the festival, landing looks from Billboard, The Recording Academy’s Grammy U and more. Back in 2020, she delivered her debut album, wilted, joined by collaborators Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra. Upon arrival, it captured #1 on the iTunes US Alternative Albums Chart and incited the applause of NPR, Rolling Stone, Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, E! News, People, NME, NYLON, Refinery29, WWD and more. Additionally, she ignited late-night television with an emotionally charged rendition of “let down” on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!. paris remained prolific in 2021 with The Struts’ collaboration “Low Key In Love,” before sharing the lost EP as a surprise gift for her fans in early 2022. Now, paris jackson re-introduces herself with an honest and raw signature sound.

Japanese Breakfast Jubilee album art via Peter Ash Lee for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Japanese Breakfast

Tuesday, January 18, indie pop act Japanese Breakfast performed “Slide Tackle,” a track from their GRAMMY-nominated album, Jubilee, on The Late Show with James Corden. Michelle Zauner, applauded founder, did a ‘Bar Chat interview where she talked about these recent nominations and more. Watch Japanese Breakfast’s performance on The Late Show with James Corden HERE.

Jubilee released last June as one of the years leading, critically acclaimed albums. The album stole spots on Best Of lists for 2021 from Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, NPR, Wall Street Journal, The Ringer, SPIN, Esquire, Vulture, The AV Club, Paste, Cosmopolitan, UPROXX, Consequence of Sound, Slant and Hypebeast. The album gained so much attention that it was even voted the #1 album of the year on NPR’s Listener’s Poll and #1 on UPROXX’s Critics Poll.

If that wasn’t enough success for one year, Zauner, too, published her New York Times Best Seller, Crying in H Mart, which is now being reworked for MGM’s Orion Pictures. The book is a moving memoir that captures Zauner’s experiences growing up Korean American, the struggles she went through with the death of her mother and how she navigated discovering her own identity.

About Michelle Zauner

The Korean American musician and author Michelle Zauner is renowned for her sonic demeanor. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Zauner grew up in Eugene, Oregon for most of her adolescence. Zauner took to music instantly, beginning to learn to play the piano at 5, later moving to the guitar at age 15. Her mother’s passing in 2014 lead to her starting Japanese Breakfast. She tells Teen Vogue, “I moved back to Oregon to care for her, and I kind of put the band on indefinite hiatus. Unfortunately, she passed away, and while I was in Oregon, helping take care of the house and being a support system for my dad, the only way that I could have something for myself was if I made my own record. So I kind of carved out some time to do that.” Japanese Breakfast’s debut came in 2016 with the hit album Psychopomp. Through the album, Zauner revealed the intense period that followed her mother’s death. Zauner’s unique perspective amongst mainstream pop music sets her apart from other artists, and she’s one you’ll want to take a listen to.

Captain of America Symbol of Truth Cover art via R.B. Silva for Marvel Comics for use by 360 Magazine

New Captain America Comics

Announced earlier in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, 2022 will mark a new age of Captain America, one that will launch two Captain America ongoing titles. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Carmen Carnero will tell the adventures of Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY while writer Tochi Onyebuchi and Marvel Stormbreaker artist R.B. Silva will see Sam Wilson soar as Captain America once again in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH. The journeys of both shield bearers will begin in April’s “CAPTAIN AMERICA #0” where they will team up after an explosive attack by Arnim Zola. Fans can get a sneak peek at the action that awaits in a celebratory new announcement trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

“Issue #0 is effectively a conversation between Steve and Sam about what it means for both of them to be Captain America simultaneously,” Lanzing explained to Entertainment Weekly. “But that conversation isn’t had in a room sitting down over beers, that conversation is had while flying/holding onto the side of a massive rocket heading into the sky to obliterate all of mankind because Arnim Zola is back and he’s got a bad plan.”

“We’ve seen Sam Wilson deal with the legacy of Captain America and race in very inward terms with regards to America: What does it mean for America to accept a Black Captain America?” Onyebuchi says. “One of the things I’m teasing in my book is, what does it mean for the rest of the world to accept a Black Captain America? That’s another part of the equation. If Captain America is in many ways a mimesis of America, with all the good and bad pathologies, what does that mean for the way in which America interacts with the rest of the world?”

“With our story, what we really wanted to start looking at was, how has America changed? What does it mean to be a patriot now?” Kelly added. “Cap can’t turn his back on America, neither of the Caps can, because the idea is good. The core is good and worth fighting for, but both need to wrestle with what that means in the year of our Lord 2022.”

Check out Mark Brooks‘ CAPTAIN AMERICA #0 wraparound cover below as well as the covers for the debut issues of CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH and CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY. And be there for this pivotal moment in Captain America’s legacy when it begins in April.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

Lizzo "RUMORS" Album press image uploaded by Tiana Timmerberg via Ashley Kalmanowitz, shot by JORA FRANTZIS via Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records for use by 360 Magazine

LIZZO – RUMORS

LIZZO ANNOUNCES HER HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURN

PLATINUM-SELLING, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SUPERSTAR TO RELEASE “RUMORS” ON AUGUST 13 

PRE-SAVE “RUMORS” NOW

3x Grammy award-winning, Platinum-selling superstar Lizzo has announced her highly-anticipated return. With anthemic smash hits like the 7x Platinum “Truth Hurts,” the 3x Platinum “Good As Hell,” the 2x Platinum “Juice,” and the Platinum “Tempo (Feat. Missy Elliott)” already under her belt, Lizzo is set for yet another smash with the upcoming “Rumors.” “Rumors” is out on August 13, and pre-saves are available now HERE.

Along with her first new music of the year, Lizzo is making her comeback even stronger with a number of festival appearances. The songstress makes history as the first woman to ever headline Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. As well as her September 4 appearance at Bonnaroo, Lizzo will also perform for Global Citizen Live on September 25, Firefly Music Festival on September 26, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on October 10, and Outside Lands on October 30. Lizzo will also make her eagerly awaited return to her home state of Minnesota for a headline show at Welch, MN’s Treasure Island Amphitheater on September 11. For more details, visit HERE.

Lizzo has become a household name with well over 5 billion global streams and a Platinum selling debut album to date. Lizzo released her Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU on April 19, 2019, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and spending 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10. “Truth Hurts” also became the longest running #1 by a solo female rap artist in history after spending seven weeks atop the charts.

Since the release of the meteoric CUZ I LOVE YOU, Lizzo has been named both TIME Magazine and Entertainment Weekly‘s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, as well as gracing the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard’s GRAMMY Preview Issue, British Vogue, Elle’s Women In Music Issue, and many others.  Additionally, Lizzo kicked off 2020 with a showstopping opening performance at the 62 Annual GRAMMY awards and took home three big wins, in addition to being the most-nominated artist of the year. 2020 also saw her win the awards for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the 2020 B.E.T Awards and both “Entertainer of the Year” and “Outstanding Video” at the 2020 NAACP Awards.  Her list of high-profile TV performances also include the 2019 American Music Awards, VMAs, B.E.T Awards and Saturday Night Live, in addition to in depth profiles on CBS This Morning’s GRAMMY primetime special and CBS Sunday Morning.

*Photo Credit: Jora Frantzis

St. Vincent DOWN AND OUT DOWNTOWN album cover from BB GUN PRESS for use by 360 Magazine

St. Vincent – Down And Out Downtown – Live Stream Concert

Today, St. Vincent has officially announced Down And Out Downtown, the GRAMMY-award winning artist’s full length live streamed concert debut. Airing exclusively via the premium digital live platform Moment House on Wednesday, August 4th and Thursday, August 5th (depending on territory). Down And Out Downtown will showcase the live premieres of several new tracks from St. Vincent’s acclaimed new album Daddy’s Home in addition to new arrangements of hits and deep cuts from her illustrious catalogue, all performed alongside her top shelf Down And Out Downtown Band comprised of Justin Meldal-Johnsen (bass), Jason Falkner (guitar), Rachel Eckroth (keys), Mark Guiliana (drums), and backing vocalists Nayanna Holley, Sy Smith and Neka Hamilton. 

Directed by Bill Benz (Portlandia), who also directed the forthcoming film The Nowhere Inn co-written by and starring St. VincentDown And Out Downtown is a sepia toned tour de force of gritty grooves, hungover glamour and spellbinding musicality. From rollicking full band rave-ups to delicate acoustic interludes, Down And Out Downtown brings the 70s-inspired sensibilities of Daddy’s Home to life in a celebration of unforgettable songs and peerless musicians.

For one night only, St. Vincent’s moment will be broadcast to various territories around the world including North and South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and the UK, Europe and Africa. Tickets are now on sale here.

LIVESTREAM DATES/TIMES BY TERRITORY:

North + South America

August 4th, 6 PM PDT

Australia & New Zealand

August 5th, 7 PM AEST

Asia

August 5th, 8 PM JST

Europe, UK & Africa

August 5th, 6 PM BST

Out now via Loma Vista Recordings, Daddy’s Home was produced by Annie Clark and Jack Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhart, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway.

ABOUT ST. VINCENT

Annie Clark made her recorded debut as St. Vincent in 2007 with Marry Me, quickly becoming regarded as one of the most innovative and fascinating presences in modern music. Each of St. Vincent’s subsequent albums has met with critical acclaim and commercial success eclipsing that of its predecessor. These albums would include Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), and her self-titled fourth album and winner of the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album, making her only the second female artist ever to win in that category. In addition to these solo works, St. Vincent joined with David Byrne to record and release the collaborative album Love This Giant in 2012, and performed with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana at the band’s 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2017, working with co-producer Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent created a defining statement with MASSEDUCTION. The album broke St. Vincent into the U.S. and UK top 10s while landing atop Best of 2017 lists of The New York Times, The Guardian, AV Club, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, NME, Q, USA Today, and more, not to mention winning two GRAMMYs (Best Rock Song for its title track, and Best Recording Package). Most recently, St. Vincent channeled the hungover glamor and gritty sepia-toned soundtrack of 1970s downtown NYC into the triumphant Daddy’s Home, released in May 2021 to near universal acclaim. In a glowing five-star review of the album, Mojo Magazine said “It’s masterful stuff: a full conceptual realization, filled with great melodies, deep grooves, colourful characterisations, and some sonic detail that reveals itself over repeated plays.” Outside of recording and performing, St. Vincent has directed the short horror film The Birthday Party, and co-written and starred as a fictionalized version of herself in the upcoming film The Nowhere Inn.

ABOUT MOMENT HOUSE

Moment House is the premium digital live platform that connects artists and their core fans for global, elevated ticketed experiences – called Moments. With a mission to bring people together through art and technology, Moment House is uniquely crafted with a focus on artist-friendliness, elegant design, user experience, and support for seamless merchandise integrations, global payments, and more.

Founded in 2019 out of the Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre Academy for Innovation at USC, Moment House has hosted “Moments” by a range of artists including Tame Impala, Halsey, Kygo, Kaytranada, Brockhampton, MARINA, Charlotte Lawrence, Ruel, Yungblud, Grouplove, Bryson Tiller, the My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast, Omar Apollo and more. They also hosted the live stream for both nights of Clive Davis’ Grammy gala this year. Coming up, Moment House will continue presenting moments with some of the most exciting names in entertainment including the Tiny Meat Gang podcast, KSI and more. The company is backed by leading investors across Silicon Valley and the entertainment industry, including: Troy Carter, Scooter Braun, Jared Leto, Forerunner, former TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, Google Ventures CEO David Krane, Box CEO Aaron Levie, Patreon CEO Jack Conte and Palm Tree Crew Investments (Kygo and Myles Shear). For more information on Moment House, visit here.

Connect With St. Vincent:

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JON BATISTE NEW MUSIC VIDEO – FREEDOM

Today, Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe winning musician Jon Batiste releases a vibrant new music video for his single “FREEDOM,” a celebration of Black joy, independence and New Orleans culture and energy. Watch here.

There is no better time for Jon Batiste’s song of the summer “FREEDOM,” a funk-driven 70s-pop banger that Entertainment Weekly called an “exhilarating, horn-heavy celebration of independence.”

In this electrifying love letter to his hometown of New Orleans, Batiste leads the ultimate second line through the streets, linking with the legendary St. Augustine High School Marching 100 (Batiste’s alma mater), the Joyful Choir of New Orleans, Queen Tahj of the Golden Eagles Mardi Grass Indian Tribe, dancers, musicians, and residents alike.

Jon Batiste has had a good year. The Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA winning musician’s hit song “I NEED YOU” reached #1 on the AAA Radio Charts, his album WE ARE debuted in the Billboard Top R&B Charts, Top Album Charts, and Top 200, his “I NEED YOU” music video surpassed 10MM views, he’s appeared on American Idol,  Live with Kelly and RyanThe Today ShowThe Late Late Show with James CordenCBS This Morning as guest and co-host, and of course the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“We Are represents a vivid turn from straight jazz to joyful, danceable pop and neo-soul… a bold declaration of conscience…” –Vanity Fair

On WE ARE, Batiste presents a captivating musical experience to the world rooted in catharsis, joy, freedom, contemplation and sensuality. It’s a love letter to his southern roots and the heritage of Black Music with guest appearances by Mavis StaplesQuincy JonesZadie SmithPJ MortonTrombone Shorty, St. Augustine Marching 100, his father Michael Batiste, grandfather David Gauthier and many more. It is a meditation steeped in the sounds of the times with collaborators including POMO (Anderson.Paak), Ricky Reed (Lizzo), Jahaan Sweet (Drake, Eminem) and others.

“I’m publicly known for some things already,” says Batiste. “But there’s so much more to know about me. It’s always been there. Now is the time to show the world my full artistry.”

Batiste continues, “WE ARE is a message of love for humanity, of humble reverence for our past, and of a hopeful future, in which we are the ones who can save us. The art reveals its motive to you. You just have to wait for the Spirit to tell you what it wants.”

A special thanks to Coach for dressing members of the cast of the “FREEDOM” video.

About Jon Batiste
One of the best-known musicians of his generation, virtuoso pianist, singer, bandleader, educator and television personality Jon Batiste has spent his career bringing that music back to where it started — that is, with the people. From his days at Juilliard, where he established his Stay Human band by playing around New York City’s subways and in street performances he called “love riots,” to his work since 2015 as the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Kenner, Louisiana native has consistently channeled his superb technical skill and deep knowledge of jazz tradition towards a specific, intentional purpose: making people’s lives better and brighter, one harmonaboard (that’s harmonica and keyboard, combined) solo at a time.

Born into Louisiana’s legendarily musical Batiste family, Jon has performed and recorded widely since his teens. His flexibility as an artist, his fluency in jazz as well as popular music of all stripes, has allowed him to collaborate with legends from Wynton Marsalis, a mentor since his Juilliard days, to Prince — as well as many of the widely-varied artists who appear on the Late Show.

Batiste’s marquee performances have ranged from the Grammy’s, to the Kennedy Center Honors, to the US Open and the NBA All-Star Game — in 2015, Batiste and the Stay Human Band became the first group to play the main stage at both the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals.

Batiste played himself on the HBO series Treme and appeared in director Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer — most recently, his music was featured in the 2020 Disney/Pixar film Soul. Batiste won a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for his participation in the soundtrack alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and the trio are currently nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Best Soundtrack.

He’s been awarded the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harry Chapin ASCAP Humanitarian Award and appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list; Batiste also currently serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Co-Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Jon Batiste is devoted to the education and mentorship of young musicians. He has led his own Social Music Residency and Mentoring Program sponsored by Chase, as well as master classes throughout the world. He has also led several cultural exchanges, beginning in 2006, while still a teen, with the Netherlands Trust, which brought students from the USA and Holland to perform with him at the Royal Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall.

Batiste balances a demanding performance schedule with public speaking engagements, masterclasses, brand partnerships, community activism and acting roles. His composing and songwriting will be featured in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work “American Symphony,” set to premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2021 and he has been developing a Broadway musical about the life of famed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.