On the music scene for more than 30 years, Lillian Boutté is a monument to jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues. A talented singer, she has literally traveled the world, bringing her music from Asia to Europe. She was decorated Ambassador of Music by the city of New Orleans (the only musician since Louis Armstrong to receive this honored title) for her many decades of activity.
She 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, England's trumpet great Humphrey Lyttleton, and more.
With success in 1992, she spearheaded a group of 45 of her music friends to bring the sounds of Cajun, soul, rhythm and blues, gospel, and traditional N.O. brass band, as well 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 all over Denmark for live CD and TV coverage. By 1995, a choir of 3,000 voices 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 have lost everything. Her newest show and CD, That Don't Keep Me from Cookin’ in a Gumbo Pot, is a tribute to New Orleans music.