Growing up with famous musician dad Al Cappi certainly set Louise on the road toward her own career in music. “When I got into high school I started to get very serious about singing,” she remembers. “He would take me on club dates and let me just observe, and then eventually bring me up with the band to sing a couple of tunes, here and there.”
Although her initial forays into singing professionally were encouraging, Louise found herself prioritizing family over music. “I got married, I had kids…to me it wasn’t right to be running around to nightclubs at night when I had babies at home.” But after moving to New Orleans in 1998, and with the kids a little older, she decided to re-focus on singing: “I said ‘This is the place. Now I’m gonna dig in.’” And so she did. She set about building connections with the jazz community and started sitting in at gigs, including some sessions with Delfeayo Marsalis’s Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
After a lifetime immersed in the standards of jazz, Louise realized she had a lot of things to say that would be better served through her own songwriting voice. The result is her new record, Hope, due to be released on September 10. The album features all original tracks. Head over to her website to hear the album’s title track and first single, by way of your favorite streaming or download platform. “There’s heavy stuff, funny stuff…we had a great time doing it.”
While firmly rooted in jazz, Louise’s style has been perceived as totally unique, even “a genre of her own.” Touching on her 2017 album, Mélange, Blues GR describes it as “…eclectic in both genre and repertoire, she touches on Latin music by way of Afro-Cuban and bossa nova, rock, funk, swing and ballads, while never straying far from the blues.”
By Dan Walsh.