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John Boutte

John Boutte earned a business degree in college, but his heart always turned toward music. He'd watched his sister, Lillian Boutte, star in a musical theater production of One Mo' Time before she left their hometown of New Orleans to make a career in music for herself in Europe. But despite his own love of music, he took a job with a credit union after serving four years in the U.S. Army. It wasn't until he met Stevie Wonder and the superstar told him he had a definite shot at making it as a singer, that Boutte gave any serious thought to his own musical journey. The word Wonder used to describe Boutte's voice was "incredible." Still, after meeting the superstar, Boutte went back to his office job. Less than a month later, however, sister Lillian mailed him a plane ticket to Europe and asked that he go on tour with her. With Wonder's encouragement fresh in his mind, Boutte took off to start the career he had always wanted and he never looked back.

Growing up in New Orleans, Boutte was exposed to music as part of the city's daily life. From his Creole family's home, not far from where he lives today in the French Quarter, he could easily hear the music of weddings and funerals coming from the church out back. At a different time of year, the music of Carnival days and Mardi Gras was prevalent. He gravitated to music while in school, contributing the sounds of his trumpet and cornet to marching bands. He also participated in school-sponsored talent competitions. Later, he moved on to street corner performances, singing with a cappella groups. He learned from a set of musical friends that included jazz artists such as Danny Barker, Louis "Big Eye" Nelson, and Paul Babarin. Upon his graduation from high school, Boutte attended New Orleans' Xavier University to pursue a business degree. Stationed with the Army in Texas, Virginia, and Korea, he sang for and directed gospel choirs. In addition to his solo recordings, he contributed vocals to an album called Mardi Gras Mambo from Cubanismo, a dance band from Havana. Boutte and sister Lillian are not the only members of the family who have made music into a career. Niece Tania Boutte joined forces with Terri Degruy to establish TNT. Tricia Boutte, another niece, is known as vocalist Sista Teedy. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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Met him in the airport once, very nice guy. Gave me a CD!
mnaples1
Just saw him in N.O., all the hairs on my body stood up, he has the voice of an angel. I cried when he sang Hallelujah and laughed b/c his voice is so amazing it blew my mind. He sang the song I requested All these things, and then I met him and he was short and sweet. He is my favorite singer!
peggy.yalman
Just found John Boutte on Treme. Now I can't get enough. Fabulous!
rpzaretsky
Come on Pandora - we need Boutte! Those that see him perform (including me) are transformed. Weeks later the transformati o n becomes hypnotic.
I just saw him at the New Orleans Jazz festival, WOW, WOW, he did Hallelujah, I had tears in my eyes. Awesome, simply awesome.
afuse7
Saw him at dba last weekend. He did a cover of Hallelujah that blew me away.
lisanorris8
I meet john in a night club in new orleans, he signed my cd,Good Neighbor.
kimberlyskar r
dba is the place to see him in New Orleans...bu t I hope pandora acquires more of hs music for the rest of the world! Continued success, John! An amazing talent.
I've really enjoyed getting a feel for him on HBO's 'Treme' Brilliant!!!
Saw (and heard) him on the finale of "Treme" ... the producers picked the right talent for the job...may Mr. Boutte have all the success that comes his way...and more singing on the show's next season.
PS. Have been enjoying "At the Foot of Canal Street" since seeing him perform in the Quarter over seven years ago.
cyndie.hasty
Love this man! Saw him last weekend at dba's in New Orleans and as always, gorgeous vocals and an incredibly intense performance. And I'd pay a lot more than the $5 cover to hear him sing...
new orleans just keep producing music talent.
Need more Boutte. Wonderful voice and soul.
3rdworld.76
Pandora please acquire more selections from this artist.

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