Charmaine Neville

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Charmaine Neville
Neville on Mardi Gras Day 2007
Background information
Birth name Charmaine Neville
Born (1956-03-31) March 31, 1956 (age 62)
Origin United States
Genres Jazz, funk
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts The Neville Brothers

Charmaine Neville (born March 31, 1956) is a New Orleans jazz singer.[1][2]

She is the daughter of Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers[2][3] and the lead singer of the Charmaine Neville Band, a jazz, funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana.[4]

Neville was in the news due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,[1] when the failure of the Federal levees swamped the city of New Orleans. Media reported her tale of witnessing cannibalism, alligator attacks, rape and eventual escape via a commandeered transit bus.[5][6]

Solo albums[edit]

  • (1992) It's About Time
  • (1992) All the Way Live at Snug Harbor
  • (1996) Up Up Up
  • (1996) Live at Bourbon Street Music Club (aka Live in Brazil)
  • (1998) Queen of the Mardi Gras
  • (2007) Jazz Fest Live 2007

Album contributions[edit]

  • (1981) The Neville Brothers "Fiyo On The Bayou"
  • (1988) "New New Orleans Music: Jump Jazz" with Ramsay McLean and the Survivors
  • (1992) The Reggie Houston - Amasa Miller Trio "The Gazebo Sessions"
  • (1992) "Christmas In New Orleans - R&B, Jazz and Gospel"
  • (1996) Andrei Codrescu "Valley of Christmas"
  • (2000) "New Prohibition" compilation
  • (2000) Marva Wright "Marva"
  • (2001) Freddy Omar "Latin Party in New Orleans"
  • (2006) Nils Lofgren and Joe Sample "Creole Love Call"
  • (2006) Mitch Woods "Big Easy Boogie"
  • (2007) James "12" Andrews and The Crescent City Allstars "People Get Ready Now"


  1. ^ a b Burnett, John (December 21, 2005). "More Stories Emerge of Rapes in Post-Katrina Chaos". NPR. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Greg (September 7, 2005). "Charmaine Neville's New Orleans Story: Horror and Heroism". Editor & Publisher. 
  3. ^ "Charmaine Neville". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Charmaine Neville Band performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival". March 24, 2014. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ A Survivor's Story. September 7, 2005. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Britt, Donna. "Charmaine Neville Stands by Story of Rapes, Alligator Attacks during Katrina". 9 News Extra. 

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