New Orleans legend Aaron Neville lost everything in Hurricane Katrina almost a decade ago, as did many close to him. As we approach the tenth anniversary of the tragic storm, Neville takes a look at the role music has played consistently in the city and in his life, through the worst of times and the city’s massive resurgence.

“I think New Orleans has had an influence on just about everybody,” he explains. “New Orleans raised me.”

Watch the heartfelt video below.


For a more in-depth interview including background on what Aaron went through during Katrina, check out this footage from 2011.