The Crescent City sees its share of famous people, many of whom value coming here because they’re treated pretty much like everyone else. Which is to say, we make everyone feel welcome. Some of these stars even choose to live here. Here are six of our favorites.
Singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle’s hit “You Say” won a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Christian category in 2019. The engaging Lafayette native, whose voice has been compared to Adele’s, is still making a career out of singing about faith, hope and joy, but prefers being known simply as an artist rather than being labeled more narrowly. She’s at home in New Orleans — when she isn’t on the road for her extensive touring schedule, from New York to California and everywhere between. Her career has not been without controversy, and she ran afoul of New Orleans pandemic laws at a friend’s open-air worship service in Jackson Square back during the COVID crisis. But her super-positive attitude has always made her welcome in the Crescent City. During Jazz Fest, she sang and chatted at a special one-night-only appearance at the Orpheum in New Orleans. She performs in Baton Rouge on Sept. 8.
James Carville is a lovable curmudgeon and brilliant political strategist best known for helping get Bill Clinton elected president. The Ragin’ Cajun is also a fixture on national TV and locally, recently appearing at an SRO session at the Tulane Book Festival. He has his serious side, and has pointed out problems that need fixing in letters to the editor of The Times-Picayune. The use of his rare wit to make politics funny is a skill we especially appreciate in New Orleans.
Rickie Lee Jones will forever be known for her late ’70s hit “Chuck E’s in Love,” but she also won a Best Jazz Performance Grammy for her 1990 duet with New Orleans’ own Dr. John on “Makin’ Whoopee.” After four decades she’s still doing a full season of tour dates across the U.S. and beyond, from her home base in New Orleans. (She livestreamed a performance from there during the COVID pandemic.) Jones is getting rave reviews for her just-released album “Pieces of Treasure,” with 10 titles from the Great American Songbook.