Grammy nominated Musician. Author. Educator. Interpreter. That’s a lot of different hats for one person to wear; yet Yvette seems to be making it work.
Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned an appreciation for the music, dance, stories and language of her Cajun culture.
After earning a master’s degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song. Playing a variety of instruments in several Cajun bands, Yvette also fronts her own band, The Yvette Landry Band.
Her debut award-winning album titled “Should Have Known” was released in 2010. Over the past several years, Yvette has traveled the world and played countless cultural festivals and venues – from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the Bluebird Café in Nashville. She toured Russia and served as a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the Library of Congress to perform at the Festival of Traditional American Music, and has graced the stage at both the Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
By day, Yvette is an educator, teaching American Sign Language and Song Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Yvette is also a private homeschool teacher and she has also taught bass, guitar, accordion and vocals at camps such as Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Voice Works @ Centrum, Ashoken Fiddle and Dance Camp, Cajun/Creole Week @ Augusta Heritage Center and Louisiana Folk Roots Camp.
By night, Yvette is a musician/singer/songwriter who continues to tour worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands including Yvette Landry Band, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Balfa Toujours and Les Ferrailles. She has performed with the Darrell Scott, Cindy Cashdollar, Jonathan Edwards, Danny Flowers, Geraldine Gay, Dirk Powell, Bill Kirchen, Red Stick Ramblers, Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley, Donna the Buffalo, and many more.
Elected as Governor to the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, Board Member of Louisiana Folk Roots and acting Director of their summer Cajun & Creole Music Kids Camp, Yvette strives to bring cultures and traditions together.
Since her debut CD in 2010, Yvette has released three more CD’s, “No Man’s Land” with a host of friends lending a helping hand – Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, and, Dirk Powell, just to name a few, and “Me & T-Coe’s Country” and “Oh What A Silent Night” with pedal steel ace, Richard Comeaux. Her first children’s book, “The Ghost Tree,” was nominated for “Louisiana’s Young Reader’s Choice Award.” And more recently, her new book, “Madame Grand Doigt,” along with “The Ghost Tree,” were formally accepted into the Library of Congress Collection for Children’s Literature.
Musician. Author. Educator. Interpreter. Stay tuned….