Asher Roth grew up in the suburbs of Morrisville, a small town roughly 10 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Born in 1988, he spent his time in school, rhyming and battling his friends for fun. In his 10th grade, he began rapping, writing songs and recording them in a friend's basement before selling them at school. After selling 250 copies in two days, Roth felt that a career in hip-hop was a possibility.
When he was in college, Asher opened an account on MySpace and posted some of his verses there. He even sent a "friend request" to Scooter Braun, an Atlanta-based promoter and former VP of Marketing for Jermaine Dupri's record label So So Def. One week after making friends with Scooter through the social network, he flew to Atlanta and was immediately signed by Scooter, who subsequently became his manager. Asher then decided leaving college and focused on his career as Hip-Hop artist. He dropped an indie album titled "Believe the Hype" in 2006.
Asher got into the mainstream rap scene after featured in DJ Drama-helmed mixtape "The Greenhouse Effect" in 2008. He then started making new music for his first major-label studio which hit the U.S. market on April 20, 2009.
Asher claimed his fame as "I Love College", the first single from the record soared to number 14 on Billboard Hot 100. An official remix for the song was recorded, featuring beatboxer Chesney Snow. Two other remixes were unofficial, having Chamillionaire, Lil Wayne and Jim Jones's vocals on the lines. Keri Hilson, Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha, Busta Rhymes and pop duo Chester French are among those signed to make a collaboration with Asher in the album.
With his unique voice on piano and dapper sense of style, Jonathan has ignited the NYC music scene. Jonathan is a member of a long lineage of musicians from the Batiste family of Louisiana. At 24 years of age, Jonathan has been invited to play with top level musicians across musical genres including Abbey Lincoln, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jimmy Buffet, Prince, Derek Trucks, Lenny Kravitz, Roy Hargrove, and David "Fathead" Newman. In 2007, Batiste began an ongoing collaboration with vocalist Cassandra Wilson.
As a teenager, Jonathan performed with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and released his first CD as a bandleader entitled "Times in New Orleans." Jonathan's second CD, "Live in New York: At The Rubin Museum of Art" features his current trio and five original compositions. Jonathan has been featured on recordings with Cassandra Wilson, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Ellis Marsalis CD "Homecoming (Reissue)", and Harry Connick Jr.'s CD, "Oh, My Nola."
Jonathan has performed live at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the 2008 NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show, frequently performs in New York City, and has been invited to perform in over 40 countries including London, Portugal, South Africa, Italy, France, Brazil, Japan and The Netherlands.
Jonathan is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied Jazz piano and classical piano. In 2006, he received the "Movado Future Legend" award, which recognizes young artists who are on the path to becoming major forces in their fields. In 2008 he was named a "Steinway Performing Artist". In 2011 Batiste is featured in a reoccurring role on the the HBO series "Treme" and is composing a musical with acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.