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: