Queen of the Mardi Gras
'All music is good music,'she says firmly. 'I try to cover the whole spectrum and do just everything. I don't want to be stagnated and stuck in a rut....People ask,'Oh,what category would you put your music in?' and I say, 'Good!'' Born into the third generation of the New Orleans legendary musical family, Charmaine has nonetheless worked hard to get where she is and make her music known as her own. The work has paid off - as one reviewer recently wrote, 'Charmaine Neville is beginning to rival her father and uncles in terms of popularity in New Orleans.' She started out backing up the Neville Brothers and went on to perform with the survivors, a band whose alumni list includes Harry Connick Jr. and Bobby McFerrin. It was here that she first started working with saxophonist Reggie Houston.