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
A truly Louisiana experience.
The Livingston News
Downing is wowing audiences all over!
The Livingston News
The Bonnie Raitt of children’s music.
Downing made children’s participation a must, as kids were dancing, singing, and playing during her entire performance.
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
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
This local performer has won numerous national awards for her ability to translate Louisiana music traditions into mini-parties for her kid fans.
Downing has cooked up a success!
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.
The Anniston Star
New Orleans native Johnette Downing whips up a savory jambalaya of blues- and Dixie-flavored tunes. Practically percolating rhythms!
Family Fun Magazine
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 New Orleans native singer/songwriter takes the music of her life – Cajun, zydeco and jazz – and mixes it into a kid-friendly gumbo.
South Florida Parenting
The children had a foot-stompin’, hip-shakin’, good time.
The Times Picayune
Johnette Downing speaks ‘children‘ as if it were a language unto itself. Both her books and music teach without seeming to by invoking joy and cleverness.
Dr. Michael Sartisky
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Best-selling children’s artist at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Rusty Lien and Jesse Penny
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…
Truly unique. Her phrasing is second to none.
King Biscuit Time Radio Show
Downing has certainly found a niche, serving up New Orleans-flavored tunes.
Johnette thinks like a child but writes like a magician.
Former Louisiana Poet Laureate
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
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
Parents’ Choice Foundation, ABC World News Now
Energetic, charismatic, affectionate tunes. Laissez les bon temps rouler.
Parents’ Choice Foundation
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
To Downing, songs are the toll booths into the world of Play, the most important destination for any kid.
Johnette Downing, nicknamed the “Pied Piper for Louisiana music traditions,” serves up a mélange of Cajun, Creole, Southern blues, Caribbean and boogie-woogie influences.