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Chansons d'Inspiration

by Les Amies Louisianaises

Cajun Inspirational and religious music from Louisiana done in French in stunning four-part harmony. Contains 14 songs, all in French, on one side. The flip side is a DVD with the hit YouTube video of Amazing Grace in French (La Grâce du Ciel).
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1. Que Tu es grand (How Great Thou Art)
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3:20 album only
2. Appelez son non (Call His Name)
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2:02 album only
3. C'était toi, Seigneur (It was you, Lord)
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3:03 album only
4. L'amour peut faire un pont (Love Can Build a Bridge)
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4:58 album only
5. Jésus, que j'aime ton nom si saint (Jesus, I Love Your Holy Nam
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3:09 album only
6. Un de ces jours (Farther Along)
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4:00 album only
7. O jour heureux (O Happy Day)
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3:57 album only
8. À Genoux devant toi (As I Kneel Before You)
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3:30 album only
9. Hommage à nos vétérans (A Tribute to our Veterans)
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3:31 album only
10. L'hymne national américain (American National Anthem)
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1:24 album only
11. La magie d'Evangéline (The Magic of Evangeline)
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4:09 album only
12. Ave Maris Stella (Acadian National Hymn)
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2:03 album only
13. Réveille (Awaken)
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4:16 album only
14. La Grâce du Ciel (Instrumental) (Amazing Grace) (Instrumental)
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1:24 album only


Album Notes
This album contains the hit YouTube video of Amazing Grace in French (La Grâce du Ciel).
Les Amies Louisianaises are Janet Aguillard, Jeanette Aguillard, Lisa Aguillard and Donna Thibodeaux, four ladies from Lake Charles, Louisiana. They are taking Cajun French music in new directions in gorgeous four-part harmony. Here is what they say about their latest album, Chansons d'Inspiration (Songs of Inspiration):

These are songs of inspiration which reflect the cultural heritage of Les Amies Louisianaises. The songs we have chosen proclaim our deep love of the complex cultural gumbo of Louisiana. We are at once proudly Christian, American and Acadian/Cajun. We hope that these songs will inspire others to appreciate and love the unique legacy which our ancestors have passed down to us.

Ce sont des chansons d'inspiration qui reflètent l'héritage culturel de Les Amies Louisianaises. Les chansons que nous avons choisies proclament notre amour profond de la culture complexe et métissée de Louisiane. Nous sommes à la fois fièrement Chrétiennes, Américaines et Acadiennes/Cadiennes. Nous espérons que ces chansons inspireront d'autres à apprécier et aimer les dons uniques que nos ancêtres nous ont légués.


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Doreen Dray

Chansons d'Inspiration
Beautiful recording with gorgeous harmonies.

Carol Cooper

very enjoyable
The vocals are so crisp and pure. Beautiful interpretation of some of my favorite songs.

Donna Suarez

I enjoy singing with these ladies because they are
true ladies and we are very close just as sisters.
I really don't know what would have happened to me without them in my life.

Dawn Thibodeaux

The most beautiful cajun music I\'ve ever heard ! I want this played at my funeral !

Dawn Thibodeaux

I love you gals !
I featured a link to you on my myspace page www.myspace.com/dawnsart I am from Lake Charles, and I picked up on the accent right away. That\'s great ! Cajun, American, and Christian, and from my home town.

Dale Johnson--ZydE-Zine

Les Amies Louisianaises - "Chansons d'inspiration"
This recording says a lot about the four ladies who make up this vocal harmony group. The group started out singing together in church in the Lake Charles, LA area. Their first CD put their vocal-harmony twist to a number of popular Cajun songs; it received "Female Vocalist of the Year" recognition from the CFMA (Cajun French Music Association). They then made a large contribution to a special "souvenir" CD released to help celebrate the 1999 Congrés Mondial (world-wide gathering of Cajuns and Acadians) held in Lafayette. Since then, one member dropped out and was replaced by Lisa Aguillard - the daughter of senior member Jeanette Aguillard. Janet Aguillard continues to handle most lead vocals, with Donna Thibodeaux contributing a couple.

The 14 cut mix consists of nine spiritual numbers, three patriotic and two about Acadian history. To me, the most special number of all is the "Hommage à nos vétérans" (A Tribute to Our Veterans). It opens with a one-minute segment of spoken word in the form of - nine Cajun veterans saying their names, the town they were from, what branch of the armed services they were in and in what war they served our country. A special surprise was to realize that one of these men is the father of Jeanette Aguillard (and grandfather of Lisa) - Milton Vanicor, from Welsh, LA, who served in the Navy during WW II. Way back "when" he formed the Lacassine Playboys, which launched the career of the great accordionist Iry LeJeune. I had the special opportunity to hear Mr. Vanicor play his fiddle at the 2002 Balfa heritage camp.

The music is elegant - ranging from "mellow" to "swing-feel." All the vocals are in Cajun French. Notable titles included (in English) are "Call His Name," "Jesus, I love Your Holy Name" and "O Happy Day" in the religious vein. The patriotic segment includes the national anthems of both "Acadia" and the USA. Added treats are "Réveille (Awaken)" and "The Magic of Evangeline" about Acadian/Cajun history. A very valuable bonus is the 16 pages of liner notes with complete English and French lyrics.

Dan Willging--OffBeat Magazine

Les Amies Louisianaises astounded the Cajun music kingdom
In 1997, Les Amies Louisianaises (LAL) astounded the Cajun music kingdom with their French-sung recording of "Amazing Grace." Hence a debate ensued whether this was Cajun music, or at least a variant of it, but regardless, its success has inspired others to take a similar path.

Their third recording dispels any lingering novelty-only notion by being an uplifting, spiritually satisfying effort. The time-honored "How Great Thou Art," titled here as "Que Tu es Grand," opens the proceedings with producer John Smithís magnificent piano accompaniment and LAL's angelic four-part harmonies. But wait! This is hardly a translated King James hymnal just to hawk at religious goods stores. Rather, new territory is ventured with the African-American gospel influenced "O jour heureux" ("O Happy Day") and the syncopated original "Appelez son nom." While the arrangements often glow with a contemporary pop sheen, what consistently shines here are the full-bodied, lush harmonies ("A genoux devant toi") that can fill a room with joy.

In some ways, this recording symbolizes how Cajun French is beginning to parallel its Acadian cousin as the language takes on new forms of expression. Patriotic tunes "God Bless America" and "The Star Spangled Banner" are favorably reworked in French while a few others, the Acadian National Hymn (normally sung in Latin) and Zachary Richardís "Réville," salute the common thread of the Acadian-Cajun fabric.

Gary Dauphin--Zyde.com

The groups first CD, "La musique unique des Acadiens" was a solid effort of traditional Cajun music. This new CD is unique in that its tracks focus mostly on religious music, with lyrics translated to Cajun French. There is also several national anthems, a tribute to our veterens, and a tribute to Evangeline. Overall, the CD is meant to inspire one with God, and with national and Cajun pride.

This recording is one of the most professionally produced we have heard from a local label. The songs are wonderful and the singing truly is inspirational. This is not your typical Cajun dance music, but if you would have an interest in something a little different, it is truly worthy of praise.

sharline metts

La Grace du Ciel
La Grace du Ciel (Amazing Grace) was played at my Grandmothers funeral - the song is so heart touching - there was not a dry eye in the funeral home - even the people that do not understand cajun were crying