American French language singer-songwriter Zachary Richard to be elevated as "Commandeur" of the Order of Arts & Letters [fr]
Eminent Louisianian, francophone singer-songwriter, poet, writer, and environmental activist Zachary Richard will join the ranks of Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Bono, and select others as a “Commandeur” of the French Order of Arts & Letters of the French Republic.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday April 27th at 7:45pm in Lafayette during the Festival International de Louisiane on the LUS International Stage.
The Consul General of France, Grégor Trumel, will present the award following Mr. Richard’s performance with students from local French immersion programs, “Les Etoiles de l’Immersion”, supported by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL).
Zachary Richard is a highly recognized American singer-songwriter, internationally renowned for his artistic talent, his commitment to the French language and Acadian culture of Louisiana as well as to "La Francophonie" around the world. Over the course of his career, Zachary Richard has played thousands of concerts in the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa, produced several television documentaries, written four children’s books, and four volumes of poetry. In 2015, he was awarded Humanist of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. /he is Louisiana’s first French language Poet Laureate. A passionate promoter of the Acadian/Cajun culture of Louisiana and citizen of the world, Zachary Richard is a tireless supporter of cultural diversity and arts.
His recording career spans 45 years and includes many gold and platinum albums. He will release his 21st album in October 2017.