Ascension made “Bayougirl”

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles
Katy Nicole Roussel

St. James Parish teen Katy Nicole Roussel launched her first album, “Bayougirl”, on Nov. 21 at the Creole House in Paulina.

     Surrounded by friends and family, Katy said she felt very supported by everyone who came out to her launch.

     “I had people who drove from Marrero, from Baton Rouge to come and see me,” Roussel said. “It was amazing. I had people travel from different parts of the state and friends and family that I haven’t seen in such a long time come see me. It was really nice. It definitely put a smile on my face.”

     She first started recording her album in 2014 at Cypress Mills Studios, Gonzales, with Baton Rouge producer/songwriter Clinton Preston Smith. Roussel recorded with other Louisiana artists Waylon Thibodeaux, Mike Broussard and Preshing Wells.

     “She’s got a voice that demands attention,” Smith said.

     Roussel first began her singing career in 2012 when she joined non-profit performing arts organization Louisiana Kids. Through the organization, she performed at various festivals, private parties, church events, nursing homes and retirement centers statewide. Her dreams of pursuing singing professionally occurred overtime, Roussel said.

     “As time went on I realized that I really enjoyed it and I realized the doors that God was opening for me, they just kept coming and it was starting to become obvious that I enjoyed this and it was working out perfectly and I was happy doing it. It just felt right and over time it grew on,” Roussel said. 

     Over the past four years she has won many awards, including her three time win of Overall Vocalist in Branson, Mo. She has even been recognized as the Louisiana Entertainer of the Year and Grand Champion for Louisiana Kids.

      As for her  long-term goals, Roussel said she wants to entertain people and continue to put a smile on people’s faces.

     “Wherever God takes me is where I am going to go.

     If I could choose something to do in the future it would be something to do with entertaining. Maybe the elderly, or working at nursing homes singing. Whatever it takes to put a smile on peoples faces, but again it is wherever God wants me to go. Whatever doors open and whatever doors close is where I am going to go,” Roussel said.

     “Bayougirl”can be purchased from her website, katynicole.com, or from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and from local grocery D & J’s.