Oct 16, 2009 8:20 AM by Sarah Rosario
Coming back to his roots in Crowley, Louisiana, Zydeco, Cajun singer Wayne Toups will share his talent at Crowley's 73rd annual rice festival.
His melodic tunes and upbeat attitude are all keys to his unique blend of music he calls Zydecajan. "It's got that southern rock and Cajun Zydeco feel and a little bit of rhythm and blues," said recording artist Wayne Toups. The world renowned singer has come along way, and like many artists he's had his ups and downs.
"Three years ago I was able to start back on the road to recovery after a drug problem for a long time," said Toups. He says God and family are the ones who help keep to going but most especially he says he relies a lot on his fans. He says without them he wouldn't be where he is today. "There's something in their hearts that wants to make sure that I'm doing good, and it sure helps a lot," said Toups.
The accordion player and his band have performed in more than 26 countries. Toups has sung for several presidents and has topped charts on several occasions. Most recently he's come out with a new cd.
"It's absolutely exciting, it's powerful, it shows a lot of energy, and we had a blast doing it for our fans," said Toups. The Crowley native says he's excited for the rice festival and many more to come. He's just glad he can play them drug free.
"Through it all, recovery is a wonderful thing and all of the bad things are in the past," said Toups. His new cd will debut October 20th and actually seven of the 13 songs were recorded live at last year's rice festival. Toups will once again perform at this year's rice festival Friday from 3pm -4pm and again from 10:30 -midnight.