Globally celebrated musician and the charismatic bandleader of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste, recently announced his first ever holiday album, Christmas with Jon Batiste. Set to begin streaming exclusively on Amazon Music this Friday Nov. 18th, Billboard earlier today gave the first taste of the project with the premiere of the jazz inspired, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman. A very beautiful reinterpretation of the holiday classic that features the beautiful guest vocals of Judith Hill.
The 12-track album is set to feature newly arranged classic holiday music, as well as several original compositions and guest features from everybody from Aloe Blacc to Jason Marsalis and acclaimed violinist Lee England Jr. Besides being available through stream through Amazon Music, the album will be available in physical format in just the U.S.
You get the single as an automatic download when you pre-order the digital album, which was put forth today for the first time. Christmas maybe more than a month away, but if you want to get into the holiday spirit a little earlier this year, you can listen below.