Rosie Ledet at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2004
|Birth name||Mary Roszela Bellard|
|Also known as||The Zydeco Sweetheart|
|Born||October 25, 1971|
|Origin||Church Point, Louisiana|
|Occupations||musician, singer, songwriter|
Raised in rural Louisiana, she listened to rock music in her youth. Although she was in an environment where zydeco was heard, she took little interest in the music at the time. It was when she was sixteen that she first got fascinated with zydeco music. She attended a zydeco dance at Richard's, a famous zydeco club in Lawtell, Louisiana, and saw Boozoo Chavis play which got her started to learning the music. At this dance, she also met Morris Ledet, her husband to be.
She learned the accordion watching Morris play. When he heard her, he stepped aside allowing her the spotlight, and became her accompanist on the bass guitar. Morris, then brought Rosie to his producer, Mike Lachney,a/k/a DJ BAD WEATHER (veteran zydeco producer). Mike was so impressed, that he quickly set up a recording session. Mike then took Rosie to Floyd Soileau, of Maison De Soul label. Floyd also was impressed and gave Mike a contract to produce five albums on Rosie. She started playing around Louisiana and Texas in 1994. The same year, she released her debut album Sweet Brown Sugar on Maison De Soul label.
She is a young female zydeco accordion player famous in the genre for her sultry and suggestive lyrics. She continues to tour and record with her band the Zydeco Playboys.
She resides with her husband in Iota, Louisiana.
Investigation 2009 Allen Parish authorities are investigating the discovery of the body of a near full-term baby allegedly miscarried and left in a storage shed for four days by a local zydeco musician while she toured out of state.
Peggy Kennedy, chief detective with the Allen Parish Sheriffâ€™s Department, said Friday that Mary Rosie Ledet, of Iota, has not been arrested â€” only questioned â€” about the incident.
Kennedy said Ledet had the miscarriage July 1 in Iota, in Acadia Parish.
She then allegedly wrapped the baby in a blanket and rode with one of her band members, identified as Andre Nizari, to his home on Bel Oil Road, in Allen Parish.
Ledet then allegedly put the baby in a storage shed on Nizariâ€™s property.
Kennedy said Nizari told authorities he was unaware of the miscarriage and did not know Ledet had allegedly brought the baby with her.
The two then left for a tour out of state and returned either Saturday or Sunday, Kennedy said.
Ledetâ€™s Myspace Music page lists her band, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, as playing three shows in Sioux City, Iowa, July 2, 3 and 4.
When Ledet returned from the tour, she allegedly told Nizari about the miscarriage and the baby in his shed, Kennedy said.
Nizari called 911 and reported what Ledet had told him, Kennedy said.
Acadian Ambulance and the Allen Parish Sheriffâ€™s Department responded to the scene.
Ledet was taken to a hospital in Jennings and was released later that day.
The baby was located and taken to a local funeral home until it could be sent to the Lafayette Parish Coronerâ€™s Office for an autopsy.
- 1994 Sweet Brown Sugar (Maison de Soul)
- 1995 Zesty Zydeco (Maison de Soul)
- 1997 Zydeco Sensation (Maison de Soul)
- 1999 I'm a Woman (Maison de Soul)
- 2000 It's a Groove Thing! (Maison de Soul)
- 2001 Show Me Something (Maison de Soul)
- 2003 Now's the Time (Maison de Soul)
- 2005 Pick It Up (Maison de Soul)
- 2011 Come Get Some (JSP Records)
- Official website
- Pick It Up: Rosie Ledet LSU Eunice website
- Biography on Piedmont Talent
- Biography on AMG
- Rosie Ledet first record producer
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