A New Orleans Success Story: Jazz Singer Anaïs St. John

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Next time you’re at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, listen for the sultry sound of Anaïs St. John.  She’s the Hyatt’s headliner and she talked to News With A Twist reporter Deepak Saini about her journey to becoming a star.

Anaïs St. John is a stunner and show stopper!  Even with a decorated career, would you believe she still gets the jitters?

“The waiting around that’s so nerve-wrecking. But once I’m on the stage, I’m on,” says St. John.

She’s the headliner at the Hyatt Regency, drawing crowds with her sultry mix of Jazz, Blues and R&B.

“One of my earliest memories was being allowed to sing in my church choir, says St. John.

The driven starlet made singing her passion and she never looked back, although some childhood memories still linger.

“Tall and skinny and they woulds say E.T. phone home. E.T. phone home. It was very sad. It still hurts my feelings,” says St. John.

Hard to believe someone so radiant and confident was bullied but it fueled her drive to succeed.

“It doesn’t matter what those people think of you. If you stick to what you believe. If you stick to what you’re good at, you’re going to succeed,” says St. John.

Anaïs’ voice has landed her gigs all over the world.  What Anaïs calls her biggest success?  Landing a spot at Jazz Fest earlier this year.  She’s sung thousands of songs over the years but her favorite is one you would not expect.

“Happy Birthday. It’s the one song that will work for everyone at some point in their life,” says Anaïs.

A singer’s schedule is very unforgiving but somehow she’s found a balance between her passion and family.

“My 6 year old who when I walk out the door gives me a hug and a kiss and wishes me luck on my show. If I didn’t see her smiling face every night, I don’t think I could do this. And I see in her a reflection of me because she sings all the time,” says Anaïs.

Anaïs St. John performs at the Hyatt Regency Friday and Sunday evenings from 7-10pm.

She’s also performing a tribute to Donna Summer called “Last Dance” at The Allways Lounge during Labor Day Weekend.  Tickets are $20.  Call (504) 758-5590.

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