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Wayne Toups http://www.waynetoups.com (born October 2, 1958 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is one of the most commercially successful American Cajun singers. He is also a songwriter.Read More...
Wayne Toups was born into a family of rice farmers in Crowley, Louisiana. He first picked up an accordion when he was 13 and quickly began winning local accordion contests. Toups has combined his love of Cajun music, rock, R&B, and zydeco into a genre he calls Zydecajun. He sings in both English and French.
Toups released his first album, Wayne Toups and the Crowley Aces in Europe in the early 1970s. Toups began gaining popularity in the United States around 1984 when he began performing at local festivals such as the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 1987 he released his first album, Zydecajun. The Cajun French Music Association's awarded him their "Song of the Year" Award in 1990 for his song "Late in Life." Three of his songs, including wedding favorite "Take My Hand", were featured in the movie Dirty Rice, and some of his work is also featured on the soundtracks for the movie Steel Magnolias and the television show "Broken Badges". He has recorded for the major record labels Polygram and Mercury. His 1995 release, Back to the Bayou became the fastest-selling record ever for the independent Louisiana label Swallow Records.
Besides playing his own music, Toups has been featured playing the accordion on singles for many country music stars. He appears on the Mark Chesnutt Number One hits "Gonna Get a Life" and "It Sure Is Monday", on Clay Walker's "Live Laugh Love", and Alan Jackson's "Little Bitty." He has also played with Sammy Kershaw, George Jones, Mark Wills, Garth Brooks, and Ty England.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Tupelo Honey - 2,626 plays
- Zydeco Baby - 1,283 plays
- Going Back To Big Mamou - 1,223 plays
- Leap Of Faith - 683 plays
- LyricsYou always tell me that someday you know it's gonna change.
It's just that right now our love seems so hard to rearrange.
But anyhow I seem to meet a feeling beyond my heart.
Something's telling me its there,
But I don't know where to start.
- Take My Hand - 1,238 plays
- Lafayette Waltz - 657 plays
- Louisiana Santa - 335 plays
- Sugar Bee - 307 plays
- Two Step Mamou - 373 plays