Jonathan Michael Batiste, or as the whole world knows him, Jon Batiste, is one of the most charmingly gifted musicians.
The way he holds a crowd and makes them tap their feet in pleasure is uncanny.
Not only that but, he’s also a very amazing partner to his long time partner and wife. Meet Batiste and his partner-in-crime, Suleika Jaouad.
Jon Batiste Quick Facts
Birthday: November 11, 1986
Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Age: 35 years old
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inches
Relationship Status: married
Wife: Suleika Jaouad
Salary: $100 thousand
Net Worth: $4 million
How Did Suleika Jaouad Meet Jon Batiste?
We are starting right from the top, ladies, and gentlemen.
Batiste and Jaouad met back in 2001 when both of them were in their early teenage days.
During that time, Batiste had braces, was awkward and shy around people. But when handed an instrument, he showed people just what he was capable of.
On the other hand, Jaouad was just a casual teenager who was passionate about music as well.
Both of their passions led them to a band camp, which, according to Jaouad, is “the most awkward place on earth.”
When Jaouad saw Jon play for the first time, she thought that there was something special about him.
“Jon and I met when I was 13, and he was 14—and if that weren’t awkward enough, it was at the most awkward place on earth: band camp.”– Suleika Jaouad
Since then, Jaouad and Batiste kept in touch and eventually began dating.
Over the years, Jaouad has seen Batiste evolve to become the best of him, and that’s the same with Batiste as well.
In 2022, it’s already two decades now since Jaouad and Batiste have known one another.
Similarly, Batiste and Jaouad dated for eight years before getting married.
Who Is Batiste’s Wife Suleika Jaouad?
First and foremost, Jon Batiste’s wife would like to get her name pronounced by everyone in the correct way.
Suleika Jaouad is pronounced as “Su-lake-uh” “Ja-wad.”
Jaouad was born on July 5, 1987, in New York City to her Tunisian father and a Swiss mother.
Jaouad is 32 years old in 2022.
Born to parents who both come from different ethnic backgrounds has helped Suleika experience the best of three worlds.
Her father’s Tunisian side, mother’s Swiss side, and a big chunk of life in the United States helped her become the person she is today.
Jaouad enrolled at the Juilliard School’s pre-college program and was focused on double bass.
Later, Suleika earned herself B.A. with highest honors from Princeton University.
Right after graduation, within a year, Jaouad was diagnosed with Leukemia (cancer) and began receiving treatment for it.
During these hard times, Jaouad received support from her family, friends, and especially from Jon Batiste.
After standard cancer treatments and later getting a bone marrow transplant from her brother Adam , Suleika’s health began getting better. She is in remission ever since.
Jaouad’s encounter with a life-threatening situation at a very young age and the spirit of battling thought it had inspired her to become the person she is today.
Jaouad wrote a very well noted column for the New York Times called “Life, Interrupted” from her hospital room.
Most recently, she’s published her first book titled “Between Two Kingdoms.”
At the moment, Jaouad enjoys her life as a writer, advocate for Leukemia, a motivational speaker who has done a Ted Talk.
She’s also a very enthusiastic musician.
Batiste and Jaouad Now
The couple has a rescue dog named Oscar that they love very much.
Since both Batiste and wife Jaouad always maintain a very busy career with an always packed schedule, they don’t see each other very much during the day.
However, according to some sources, Jon and Suleika make time for a bowl of pasta whenever they can.
Batiste and Jaouad live together in their New York apartment together.
Jon Batiste & Suleika Jaouad Married In 2022
The news about Jon and Suleika marrying came as a pleasant surprise to everyone.
As mentioned earlier, Suleika revealed about being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2020.
Suleika recently went through a bone marrow transplant, and the couple’s wedding took place just a day before her that.
While Batiste and Jaouad haven’t revealed the exact date of their wedding, the couple reportedly got married in February.
“And I’ll tell you; we walked into that bone marrow transplant unit on cloud nine. We were so happy, so brimming with love and positivity from this beautiful evening that we’d had. And I really believe that that carried us through.”
Now some think that the couple made a hasty decision. Let’s look into it.
Did Jaouad’s Transplant Affect Wedding Decision?
The short answer? No.
Jaouad’s bone marrow transplant did not inflict the couple’s decision to get married; in any way at all.
Jon and Suleika made sure they had ‘The Talk’ before getting hitched.
Batiste said that her [Suleika] getting a bone marrow transplant had nothing to do with his decision to get married.
“I just want to be very clear; I’m not proposing to you because of this diagnosis. It’s taken me a year to design your ring. So, just know this timing has nothing to do with it. But what I do want you to know is that this diagnosis doesn’t change anything. It just makes it all the clearer to me that I want to commit to this and for us to be together.”
On the other hand, Suleika said that both knew that they were going to marry each other from the very start, within the first week, in fact.
She jokingly said that it’s already eight years of relationship, and one cannot simply call their wedding a result of a haste decision making.
“We have known that we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week that we started dating. That’s when Jon first brought up the topic of marriage to me. So, we’ve had eight years. This is not, you know, a hasty decision!”
The couple married on a whim, and everything fell right into place.
Their last-minute wedding dressing shopping was filled with laughter, and the ceremony was very intimate, with only four people.
Furthermore getting the last-minute marriage license just meant everything for the couple.
Jon Batiste Salary, Net Worth
Jon began involved in music from a very young age of 8 years old. His love for music also came from his family.
The Batiste family has had some of the most aspiring musicians like Lionel Batiste, who plays Jazz & Blues, and Harold Batiste, a composer and producer.
Since his start as a young musician, the 34 years old has had a lot of success.
All that success has also gotten him a massive fortune. In 2022, Batiste has a net worth of over $4 million.
Reportedly, Batiste earns more than $100,000 annually from his work, which includes sales of his albums and tours.
Jon Batiste Bio, Age, Background
The famous American musician Jon Batiste was born on November 11, 1986, in Metairie, Louisiana.
Batiste is 34 years old today.
Growing up in a family of musicians, Jon became influenced from a very young age. His father, Michael Batiste, played bass, and Jon began playing drums early on.
But later, at 11 years old, his mother suggested that Batiste tried playing the piano, and so he did.
Batiste, who shares black ethnicity, enrolled at St. Augustine High School and later joined Juilliard School.
In 2011, Batiste graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Juilliard School and pursued a master’s degree.
Two years later, Batiste received his Master of Music degree from Juilliard School. Batiste currently lives in his Brooklyn, New York apartment with wife Suleika Jaouad.
Jon Batiste Wins Five Grammy Awards
The two months delayed Grammys Award could not have been any better for the 35 years old artist.
Batiste entered the night with 11 nominations among which, he won in five categories.
Batiste won five grammys in the following nominations
Best Album of the year for his album ‘We Are’
Best American roots performance
Best American roots song
Best score soundtrack for visual media (which tied with Carlos Rafael Rivera’s score for The Queen’s Gambit)
Best music video for ‘Freedom.’
Congratulations to Batiste who became the show’s major attraction and gave a priceless reaction to his winnings as he said,
How Old Is Jon Batiste?
Jon Batiste is 34 years old. He was born on November 11, 1986, in Louisiana, United States.
How Tall Is Jon Batiste?
Jon Batiste is 5 feet 11 inches or 180.34 centimeters tall in height.
Is Jon Batiste Gay?
No, Jon Batiste is not gay. He is married to American writer Suleika Jaouad.
Who Is Jon Batiste's Wife?
Jon Batiste is married to American writer Suleika Jaouad. The couple married in February, 2022.
What Is Jon Batiste's Net Worth?
Jon Batiste has an estimated net worth of over $4 million.