Johnette was the absolute best example I could offer of someone that is everything children’s entertainment should be. Johnette has a passion for the music she plays, and it shines through each and every time she plays her guitar and sings a song.
The Kids Show, WTUL Radio
With her signature mix of Dixieland Jazz, Cajun, Creole and Zydeco rhythms, her vocal and instrumental sophistication and all-embracing warmth, Downing creates an irresistible musical jubilee.
The Los Angeles Times
Truly unique. Her phrasing is second to none.
King Biscuit Time Radio Show
Downing is a performer who clicks with children. Her music and messages are simple and clear. They speak to children in a language that they can relate to. Downing has created a rapport with children that has made her a favorite.
Beauregard Daily News
Energetic, charismatic, affectionate tunes. Laissez les bon temps rouler.
Parents’ Choice Foundation
Johnette thinks like a child but writes like a magician.
Former Louisiana Poet Laureate
Kids become part of the show, dancing the zydeco two-step, singing along and grooving to her original songs. She has a lot of influences: Dixieland Jazz, Jazz, Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.
Raleigh News & Observer
The children had a foot-stompin’, hip-shakin’, good time.
The Times Picayune
Johnette Downing is a performer who clicks with children. Her music and messages are performed with well-considered arrangements designed for youngsters. They neither speak down nor do they dumb down; they just are in language and world young children relate to.
Crescent City Parent Magazine
Johnette Downing is a true Louisiana artist. I fell in love with her work a few years ago when she sang on my PBS television series.
Chef John Folse
A Taste of Louisiana TV
Parents’ Choice Foundation, ABC World News Now
Bonnie Raitt, move over! There’s a new(er) blues belter in town. And she’s easy on the ears. New Orleans singer-songwriter Johnette Downing has a velvet set of pipes…
Downing has cooked up a success!
Downing made children’s participation a must, as kids were dancing, singing, and playing during her entire performance.
Downing is wowing audiences all over!
The Livingston News
Her interactive performances have children and adults dancing and singing along to irresistible songs – no kidding.
New Orleans Magazine
Your kids won’t be able to sit still or stop smiling.
Los Angeles Daily News
To Downing, songs are the toll booths into the world of Play, the most important destination for any kid.
The Bonnie Raitt of children’s music.
An entire room of people – children, parents and a few grandparents – squirmed, jiggled, and jumped. Their arms flapped, they pulled on their ears and, through it all, laughed and tried in vain to stay on key.