Music artist Jon Batiste is now a music producer of The Atlantic and will collaborate with editors of various projects from writing to video to live events.
The jazz musician and bandleader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has already made an impact with the publication. He made a reinterpretation of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which was first published in 1862 on The Atlantic. Batiste believes in a song carrying an undeniable purpose before it is paired with a lyric.
“I’ve gotten to know Jon fairly well, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s an actual genius,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic. “I’m just thrilled that he’s going to work with us across our many platforms. His rendition of The Atlantic’s theme song, ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ has resonated with so many people, and for us here The Atlantic, it connected our glorious past to our promising future.”
This is also the theme song for The Atlantic’s podcast, “Radio Atlantic,” which can be heard on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify. Look out for more updates on Batiste’s next piece for the publication.