- OrginHawkinsville, GA
- GenresBlues Jazz R&B Soul
Journeyman musician Baatin (pronounced BAAH-teen, the name is an Arabic word for a latent aspect of God) grew up in the small town of Hawkinsville, GA, and first learned to sing harmony from his mother in church. He began teaching himself to play piano at age five. At eight, he started taking piano lessons, and by nine was self-taught on recorder and saxophone. At 13, he was playing saxophone and organ with a band called the Soul Groovers in clubs. He attended Boggs Academy near August, GA, where he directed the men’s glee club and the men’s quartet. Upon graduation, he entered Mercer University in Macon, GA, from which he received a B.A. in sociology. He also played in a local band called Black Snow, later reverting to a band from his hometown that evolved into Darkness of Evil, which recorded the single “Laid Back Funk” for Playboy Records. He went on to other bands, notably Bone, Holmes & Friends and Light Years, turning more to jazz with the trio Top Secret. After suffering a life-threatening illness in the 1980s, he decided to concentrate more on his music by building his own studio, beginning to perform under his own name, and moving to Atlanta. He made significant contributions to the album What Dat Shakin’ by the Original P (Parliament/Funkadelic) in 1998, and in 2000 released his debut album, Sunday Brunch.
Veteran musician Baatin probably could have made an album in any one of several styles, given his extensive background; as the title of his debut release, Sunday Brunch suggests, he has opted for a smooth jazz approach, with elements of funk and R&B thrown in.