Arsène DeLay is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, based in New Orleans. She is known for her ability to navigate a diverse musical genres, making her challenging to put into a box, gliding from jazz, R&B, blues, rock and roll, to funk and folk. Daughter of an active-duty military father, Arsène spent much her life on the road, starting on Milwaukee’s rich underground hip-hop and poetry scene with Growing Nation, Black Elephant, & Sheree Amore, while finishing her BFA at Marquette University. While advancing in her acting studies, where she would put the Ascona Jazz and Heritage Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the REDCAT Theatre at the Walt Disney Concert Hall under her belt before finishing her Master’s Degree from California Institute of the Arts. She released her critically acclaimed debut album, “Comin’ Home” in 2014, which was award nominated, and featured on NCIS: New Orleans. Her latest collaboration released in August 2019 is “Blue Basso,” where she teamed up with Charlie Wooton (of Royal Southern Brotherhood acclaim) providing lyrics and vocals with musical heavyweights Doug Wimbish(Living Colour), Eric McFadden(Parliament), Anders Osborne,& Sonny Landreth.
"Singer Arsène DeLay handles the vocals with a powerful, soulful voice that more-than stands up to the music" -Blues Rock Review
"Since its release in 2015, "Fest Time" is becoming a classic anthem for all the music lovers who make the trip to the musical mecca of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival . " -WWOZ
Comin' Home is a New Orleans rock album without choking the life out of what makes the city great." - Where Y'at Magazine
Comin' Home is big in scope, scale, and spirit. DeLay's voice is the anchor on the record, but her songwriting is spot on as well in songs like "Chasing Dreams" and the blues guitar inflected title track" . -Offbeat Magazine
"Arsène DeLay's contribution on vocals and lyrics really brings the album (Blue Basso)to a different level. Her performance on the R&B Style "Reflections" is an example of her seemingly limitless talent." -Offbeat Magazine