Chris Ardoin (born April 26, 1971 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the young artists that helped form nouveau zydeco, a new style of music that fused traditional zydeco with various styles including hip-hop, reggae and R&B.
He was a child prodigy belonging to a musical dynasty (his father was Lawrence Ardoin and his grandfather, Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin). He started with the accordion at the age of four. By the age of nine, he had played New York's Carnegie Hall. When he was ten, with a help from his father Lawrence, he formed the Double Clutchin' zydeco band with his elder brother Sean Ardoin on drums.
In 1994, the band released their debut album That's Da Lick from Maison de Soul label. Sean left the band after releasing the album Turn the Page in 1997 to concentrate in his solo career.
In 2005, Chris changed the band name from Double Clutchin' to NuStep, and released Sweat, the first album under the new name. M.V.P. followed in 2007.
1994 That's Da Lick (Maison de Soul)
1995 Lick It Up! (Maison de Soul)
1997 Gon' Be Jus' Fine (Rounder)
1998 Turn the Page (Rounder)
2000 Best Kept Secret (Rounder)
2003 Life (J&S)
2004 Save the Last Dance (J&S)
2005 Sweat (NuStep4Lyfe Entertainment)
2006 M.V.P. (NuStep4Lyfe Entertainment)
2008 Candyman's V.I.P. (NuStep4Lyfe Entertainment)
2009 Alter Ego (NuStep4Lyfe Entertainment)
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