Pass a good time and get in the groove with Johnette during her musical program filled with a heaping of Louisiana flavored music.
Dubbed “the Pied Piper for Louisiana music traditions” by the media and the “Musical Ambassador to Children” by clients, Johnette Downing brings the spicy flavor of her home state to live performances and author visits for children and workshops and keynotes for educators internationally. She is committed to keeping her region’s culture alive “from the roots up” through entertaining and working with kids, sharing with them a “gumbo” of Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and jazz influences.
Johnette Downing has won eighteen national awards for her recordings and books from Parents’ Choice Foundation Awards, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Awards, National Parenting Publications Awards, iParenting Media Award Family Choice Awards and Family Review Center Awards. Johnette’s artistry has received rave reviews in top parenting and media outlets such as Nick, Jr., Disney’s Family Fun Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Bay Area Parent, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal and more.
Johnette’s family-friendly music respects the sophistication and intelligence of today’s children while still allowing them to be kids. Says Johnette, “I always tell people ‘I am seven,’ because I feel I see life with seven-year-old eyes. I learn from children everyday. There is no better sound to me than the sound of children laughing and singing.”
Some of the rave reviews Downing has gotten include:
“Downing has certainly found her niche, serving up New Orleans-flavored tunes.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“Your kids won’t be able to sit still or stop smiling.” – Glen Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
For more information, contact Harriet Shultz at the Carnegie Library at 821-5517 or Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello at the Jeff Davis Library at 824-1210.