On the music scene for more than 30 years, singer Lillian Boutté is a monument to jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues. She has literally traveled the world, bringing her music from Asia to Europe. To honor her many decades of activity she was decorated Ambassador of Music by the city of New Orleans—the only musician since Louis Armstrong to receive the title.
Boutté has performed with such legendary musicians as Edward Frank, Lloyd Lambert, Joseph “Smokey” Johnson, Jay Mc Shane, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Sammy Price, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cobb, Al Casey, Dr. John, Benny Waters, Danny Barker, Professor Longhair, Clark Terry, and England's trumpet great Humphrey Lyttleton.
In 1992, she successfully spearheaded a group of 45 of her music friends to bring the sounds of Cajun, soul, rhythm and blues, gospel, and traditional New Orleans brass band, as well as New Orleans cuisine, to 22 cities in Germany, under the title “Spirit of Louisiana.” In 1993, Boutté originated the Gospel United project, which a year later brought her gospel group together with 1,000 voices of students from Denmark for a live CD and TV coverage. By 1995, a choir of 3,000 was singing with her onstage.
Boutté continues to share her music with kids and adults everywhere through concerts and other music projects. She also has been working extensively to help Katrina victims, doing benefits and organizing relief funds for musicians, many of whom lost everything. Her newest show and CD, That Don't Keep Me from Cookin’ in a Gumbo Pot, are a tribute to New Orleans music.