About the Program
It’s been recorded by 350 artists in 30 languages, been a hit in four different decades and featured in dozens of movies, but “You Are My Sunshine” holds a special place in the hearts of Louisiana’s citizens because it was made famous by Jimmie Davis, who served two terms as Louisiana’s governor. In addition, it was named the state song of Louisiana in 1977.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Hosted by Grammy and Emmy-winner Harry Connick, Jr., Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music features an all-star lineup of Louisiana musicians performing their own unique versions of the classic. And because the program was recorded during the 200th anniversary of Louisiana admission as the nation’s 18th state, it also contains some historical information about the Bayou State between the performances.
In addition to Connick and his band second-lining through the French Quarter in New Orleans, the performers include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy and Allen Toussaint; country music superstar Tim McGraw; Grammy-winners “The Queen of New Orleans Soul” Irma Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band and Michael Doucet; country star Mickey Gilley; Zachary Richard, singing in French; Zydeco stars Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters and Buckwheat Zydeco; Marcia Ball; rising jazz and R&B star Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue; rock stars Better Than Ezra; blues singer Luther Kent; and the gospel group, the Zion Harmonizers.
Sunshine by the Stars was produced by
Ben Williams, Donald Ray Washington, Tika Laudun and Christina Melton.
Execuitve producers are Clay Fourrier and Beth Courtney.