Born October 2, 1958
A Crowley, Louisiana native Wayne Toups grew up in a large cajun family. He initially began singing at age 13 in the southwest Louisiana cajun community, but by the early 1970's his first album, "Wayne Toups and the Crowley Aces," had been released in Europe. "Wayne Toups and the Crowley Aces," had been released in Europe. With a new band in 1987, Wayne popularized the "Zydecajun" music, that energetic form created from fusing black zydeco with cajun flavoring. He then turned to the Mercury label and by the early 1990's, Wayne was regularly performing in the U.S. as well as overseas, making appearances in South and Central America, Canada, Europe, and the "Far East." His more recent hit, "Back to the Bayou," steadily advanced up the charts to become the fastest-selling record ever for the South Louisiana independent, "Swallow Records." Recordings like "Take My Hand," and "Fish Out of Water," have likewise received a lot of air-play.
A master of the diatonic accordion, Toups has been featured such standouts as Mark Chesnutt, Alan Jackson, Sammy Kershaw and Thomas Dolby. In addition to his own recordings, Toups has written for a number of other performers and some of his works have been selected for motion-picture soundtracks. From Beaumont to Biloxi, Toups is known as an energetic musician whose mesmerizing rhythms will make "you smile, dance, and fall in love."
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