Christine Balfa Powell

At Voiceworks: A Week of Singing, you'll be able to study singing under the tutelage of Christine Balfa Powell, the daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle ambassador Dewey Balfa. She currently leads the Christine_balfa_powell Balfa Toujours, a band which, since coming together after Dewey's passing in 1992, has grown from a band known for its youth and passion into a pillar of the traditional music community not only in Lousiana but throughout the folk music world.

With the Balfa Toujours, Christine has recorded six CDs; appeared in numerous films and television shows; toured North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia; enjoyed features in magazines, and taught classes in Cajun culture internationally, in both French and English.

Christine Balfa Powell appeared in the film The Big Easy. She grew up playing triangle with her father and absorbed music and language from the thriving culture around Basile, Louisiana. Her singing is full of the raw emotion that enables the best Cajun singers to communicate powerful feelings directly to the heart.

She collaborates on many of the group's heartfelt original songs, and is the founder and director of Louisiana Folk Roots, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Louisiana traditions.