The Healing Song

healingLt. Governor Jay Dardenne, joined by Jo-El Sonnier and several other Grammy winners, unveil the video forHealin’ Song, written by Sonnier and two of his Nashville song writers friends Billy Henderson and AJ Masters. It was recorded by a veritable who’s who of Cajun and zydeco music including Wayne Toups, Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, Roddie Romero, Buckwheat Zydeco, Michael Doucet, Sonny Landreth, Joel Savoy ,Yvette Landry, Eric Adcock, Beau Thomas, Brian Brignac, Ray Ellender, Charlene Howard, Kyle Hebert and David Faulk. The song was engineered by Grammy award winning engineer Tony Daigle at Dockside Studio in Maurice La.

Sonnier and his buddies wrote the song following the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and decided to record it after the recent shooting tragedies in Lafayette and Sunset. He enlisted the help of Dardenne, who secured a videographer and, with generous cooperation from the Community Foundation of Acadiana, helped establish a fund to serve as a readily available means for Acadiana’s people to respond to their community’s needs.

For the video, Sonnier enlisted the help of an all-star ensemble of musicians and studio professionals with almost 40 Grammy nominations and 10 Grammy Awards among them. Because of their involvement, The Recording Academy® (parent organization of the Grammy Awards) has sent a letter supporting this project, which will be read by Dardenne.

Joining Dardenne and Sonnier for the screening are participating artists Chubby Carrier, Yvette Landry, Steve Riley, Michael Doucet, Roddie Romero, Sonny Landreth, Eric Adcock and several others.

To get a copy of The Healin’ Song, go to

Proceeds from downloads of the song will go to The Healin’ Song Fund which is being administered by The Community Foundation of Acadiana in Lafayette La. Direct donations to the fund can also be made by calling

337- 769-4840 or visiting the website at:

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Next Saturday from 1-3 , I will be hostin’ the Cajun Jam at Vermillionville. Come on out and listen to some good old Cajun Music. Then on the 10th my band and I will be playin’ at The Rock and Bowl in New Orleans. On the 15 th it’s back to Vermillionville for a great night of Cajun music with myself and my band, Bonsoir Catin and The Magnolia Sisters. Gonna be a fun night that you won’t want to miss. 3 great bands on 1 stage. Come on out and support all your Louisiana Grammy Nominees.

Rayne’s Jo-El Sonnier honored by Order of Living Legends in Erath

Jo-El Sonnier plays his instrument on Saturday in Erath.
Jo-El Sonnier plays his instrument on Saturday in Erath.
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Jo-El Sonnier has been producing and singing music before he was a teen-ager and today, at the age of 67, the community of Erath honored him by inducting him into the Order of Living Legends.

The ceremony was held Saturday at the Erath Community Center. Sonnier arrived at the center thinking he was there for a birthday party for a friend.

Eventually he learned it was to honor him, which brought tears to his eyes when he spoke at the podium.

“The reason I play music is to preserve our culture,” said Sonnier, who is from Rayne. “I am amazed I received this honor.”

Sonnier first fell in love with Cajun music when he was three years old and

eventually learned how to play the accordion before his fifth birthday.

He was performing in Ville Platte at 13. Eventually, he worked his way on stage and began playing with adult musicians.

“Before I got on stage, I would play for the horses and cows next to the barn at my house,” he told the crowd. “The good thing about that is that they did not leave and they kept coming back.”

Over the years, he has played Cajun music in 49 states and 32 countries. In that time, he has had seven songs break into the Top 100 Country charts, including two that broke the top 10. In 1988, his songs, No More One More Time” reached No. 7, while “Tear-Stained Letter” climbed to No. 6 the same year.

He is still making new music and is working on a new album called “The Legacy.”

During the ceremony Saturday, a couple of people spoke about Sonnier.

Country music star Hunter Hayes, from Breaux Bridge, had a few words to say about Sonnier. Hunter did not attend, but his father, Leo, was on hand and read Hunter’s words.

“To have someone so brilliantly and incomparable musically driven, chasing his passion with the dedication to the heritage of Cajun music. He is one of the greatest ambassadors to Cajun music,” said Hunter Hayes. “He waves the flag of appreciation for our beautiful culture and we are proud of him as he represents the culture.”

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