Johnette Downing performs Louisiana Roots Music family concerts as a solo artist, as a duet with her multi-Grammy Award winning husband Scott Billington, and as an ensemble with her “Swamp Romp Band.” 

Jazz Fest Photo

Johnette at the New Orleans Jazz Festival


The “Musical Ambassador to Children” and the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions,” Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, musician and author who serves up a gumbo of  Louisiana roots music and books in a toe-tapping, two-stepping good time for children across the globe.

Johnette has received twenty-two international awards and has performed children’s concerts, author visits, keynotes and educator workshops in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Central America, North America and the Caribbean.

“Johnette thinks like a child, but writes like a magician.”

— Julie Kane, former Louisiana Poet Laureate

City Business Women of the Year

  • SouthernArtist.org Artist Award
  • Six Parents’ Choice Awards
  • Four iParenting Media Awards
  • Four National Parenting Publications Awards
  • Two Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Awards
  • Family Choice Award
  • Family Review Center Award
2005 Family Choice Award Seal 2003 Nappa Award Parent Choice Award Parents' Choice Award
 Parents' Guide Award  National Parenting Publication Award  Award, Parents' Choice 65x65  2005 Family Review Gold Seal