Rice Theater in Crowley provides setting for Bobby Broussard’s music video
By: Angela Becnel - Staff Writer
CROWLEY - A state tax incentive rewarding the recording or filmoing of a project in Louisiana has paid dividends for many areas, now including Crowley.
L2 Digital of Burbank, Calif., one of Hollywood’s great video production companies, was in Crowley in April to film a music video with Bobby Broussard, rising teen music star from Lafayette. The Rice Theater was the location.
Broussard started taking piano lessons when he was about nine years old from piano teacher Rosalynne Miller of Lafayette. He has numerous superior ratings in piano competitions (which is the highest given) and never received anything less. He has volunteered through the years to play the piano at nursing homes during the holidays and for various fundraisers through the years.
He started singing while at Ascension in elementary school choir and then was the first boy ever to join Fatima’s chorus in middle school. Broussard was a member of the music ministry at St. Thomas More High School and he sings in the choir at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Broussard. He has participated in and competed in a fundraiser put on by STM called “The Battle of the Bands” for the past three years in groups and as an individual competitor.
He is 17 years old and was born and raised in Lafayette. Music is his passion.
“I’ve been playing piano and singing since I was nine years old and also like to beatbox,” said Broussard. “I have also really enjoyed playing football for STM and baseball for the Louisiana Legends.
“I am now involved in writing my own songs and creating my own music, and I love it! I was discovered last year in August by divine intervention...there’s a funny story that goes along with that, and I hope I’ll get the opportunity one day to tell you more about it.”
L2 Digital’s client list includes Katy Perry, Barbara Streisand, Bono, Sting, The Fray, Five for Fighting, Tony Bennett, Shakira, Sean Kingston, Passion Pit, Jessica Simpson, James Taylor, Beyonce’, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Jackie Evancho, Wilson Phillips, Debi Nova, John Denver, Brooks and Dunn, Chris Botti, Johnny Cash, Satriani, Natasha Bedingfield and many, many more.
Broussard is the first unestablished/unsigned artist that L2 Digital has agreed to shoot.
“People ask me all the time what the genre of my music is, and I have a hard time defining it. I’m inspired by John Mayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Train, Jack Johnson, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Coldplay and The Fray,” said Bobby. “ As you can see, this is a pretty diverse group. I also think I have a lot of southern influence in my music.
My first song entitled “Come Back,” was written and produced by Jordan Boudreaux and his father, award-winning writer, Randy Boudreaux. It is a ballad with a pinch of pop,” said Broussard.
It was recorded at the famous Dockside Studio in Maurice, which is currently celebrating eight Grammy wins. It is a recording compound that is just as unique as the surrounding culture. Located on a 12 acre estate in the heart of Cajun country on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou, they are known for creating sonically pure recording in a beautiful private setting. Yet, artists have a unique experience here because Dockside Studio offers the use of a wide range of vintage gear including the vintage 52 input Neve 8058 console, for example.
Additionally, a dim lit upstairs hallway made completely of old motel doors leads directly to four bedrooms that sleep six guests. In the poolhouse suite, the living area is conveniently designed with a large open floor and lined with glass for a pristine view of the Vermilion Bayou making this room appropriate for rehearsal/writing sessions.
In addition to Broussard, the list of Dockside Studio’s clients is long. They include, but certainly are not limited to B.B. King, Irma Thomas, Scarlett Johansson, Dr. John, Louisiana Leroux, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne, Troy Richard, Lucky Peterson, BeauSoleil, Leon Russel, Sonny Landreth, The Givers, Michael Doucet, Steve Riley, Cyril Neville, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Sammy Kershaw, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Cowboy Mouth, The Subdudes, Terrence Simien, a Tribute to Robert Johnson and a Blues Tribute to Bob Dylan.
Portions of the music video were also filmed at the Heymann Center, a bed and breakfast at Girard Park in Lafayette, and the scenic Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau.
“I have completed recording a total of eight songs and I really love where the creative process is taking their vibe,” said Broussard. “My sister, Lexxi, sings harmonies on all of these tracks. We’ve jammed together as long as I can remember, so I’m happy to say that two of these songs will be a duet.”
You can hear and view the “Come Back” music video at www. L2Digital.com (Click the WORK tab) and Broussard’s CD is scheduled to be released in September.