Jon Batiste, five-time Grammy Award winner and bandleader for “The Late Night Show With Stephen Colbert” decided to leave the show after being there for 7 seasons. Colbert explains, “It’s for all the best reasons. Including to continue sharing his art with the world.” “We’ve been so lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent for the past seven years, but we’re happy for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you back on as guest with your next hit record.”
Batiste is a multi-instrumentalist who has composed music and arranged songs for Pixar’s animated film “Soul”, in which he alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won the Grammy for best score soundtrack for visual media and an Oscar for best original score. He is leaving the show to focus on his music for both his personal interests and professional career. Louis Cato, who served as the interim bandleader this summer is now stepping in to replace Baptiste, as he had been on the show for seven years and received high praise from Colbert himself. ““He can play basically every instrument over there. Give him an afternoon, he’ll learn how to play Mozart on a shoehorn”, says Colbert. We wish both Batiste and Cato the best of luck!
Not too long ago, Batiste, Pentatonix and the iconic Grammy winning and 13-time Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren deliver the official music video for “Sweet (Single Edit)” (Di-Namic Records/BMG) directed by Matt Earl (Doja Cat, Carlos Santana, G-Eazy, Cordae) with music and lyrics by Diane Warren.
The vibrant video, which features a cameo from Warren and sees each member of Pentatonix as animated characters throughout the clip as a crooning Batiste intermixes with them throughout an urban cityscape.
’Sweet’ is like a jolt of positivity right when we need it the most. And there is no one who exudes more positivity and joy than the amazing Jon Batiste. To have both Jon and the greatest a cappella group in the world, Pentatonix on my song is a dream come true. Just in time to make everyone’s Summer a little SWEETer,” said Diane Warren.
“Life is full of ups and downs. Music is a gift that helps put it all in perspective. This song will find those who need it most,” said Batiste.
“We were so honored to collaborate with such musical titans as Jon Batiste and Diane Warren. They’ve brought the world so much love and joy in their music. We hope the people feel like dancin’ and prancin’ when they listen to “Sweet”!” said Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix.
WATCH THIS SWEET VIDEO: