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LILLIAN BOUTTE


Born: August 06, 1949, New Orleans, LA
Active: '70s, '80s, '90s
Genres: Blues
Instrument: Vocals
Representative Albums: "Live in Tivoli
Representative Songs: "Comes Love", "Muddy Water", "Embraceable You
Biography
A versatile singer based in New Orleans, Lillian Boutte is capable of singing both New Orleans Dixieland standards and New Orleans R&B, swing-era tunes, and contemporary originals. She sang as a child (winning a vocal contest when she was 11), performed with her college's gospel choir, and then in 1973, was hired by Allen Toussaint as a backup singer for the many projects recorded in his studio. Boutte appeared as an actress and singer in the musical One Mo' Time during 1979-1984, recorded a gospel album with the Olympia Brass Band in 1980, and in 1982, made her first jazz album. Boutte has spent time alternating between living and performing in Europe and New Orleans, and she has been closely associated with reed player Thomas L'Etienne who usually leads her backup groups. Through the years, Lillian Boutte has recorded for many labels (mostly in Europe) including Herman, Feel the Jazz, High Society, Turning Point, Timeless, Southland, Storyville, GHB, Calligraph (with Humphrey Lyttelton), Blues Beacon, and Dinosaur Entertainment. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
When singer Lillian Boutté was named “New Orleans Musical Ambassador” in 1986, she was the second jazz legend in the city's history to be accorded this honor - the first having been none other than Louis Armstrong. “Ambassador Lillian” is a loquacious and outspoken defender of her hometown. She has been working extensively to help Katrina victims, doing benefits and organizing relief funds for musicians, many of whom have lost everything. Also very active in this cause is her brother John Boutté a highly heralded singer in his own right and possessor of one of the finest voices in America. The siblings grew up in the Seventh Ward along with eight other sisters and brothers, steeped in the neighborhood culture of the city that is now threatened by extinction in the wake of Katrina.


It has always been Lillian's driving desire to bring the musical heartbeat of her home town nearer to the ears of the world. Over a timeframe of twenty years and with the backing of her albums featuring jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel, she has succeeded in conveying the city's unique atmosphere to an international audience. For this extended period, she has been touring almost nonstop, doing concerts, club dates and festivals all over the world.


Music was Lillian's life right from the start. At the tender age of 11, she won her first singing contest. During her musical studies at New Orleans' Xavier University, she sang in the gospel choir, before being discovered by Allen Toussaint, who used her as a background singer when producing the likes of James Booker, Patti Labelle, the Neville Brothers, the Pointer Sisters and Dr. John.

Then she went on a five-year world tour as an actor, singer and dancer in the musical “One Mo' Time”. At the same time, she made her first solo recordings, and could be seen in two movies: alongside Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and Tuts Washington in the critically-acclaimed Stevenson-Pallifi documentary “Piano Players Barely Play Together”, and in a bit part in Alan Parker's “Angel Heart”. Together with blues legend Brownie McGee, she can also be heard on the soundtrack of that movie. Lillian also sang at the Tennessee Williams memorial service in St. Louis cathedral in her native New Orleans, and America's high and mighty were treated to her interpretation of the national anthem in the Superdome.

In 1992 she spearheaded 45 of her New Orleans music friends and brought the sounds of Cajun, Soul, R & B, Gospel traditional N.O. Brassbands and as well New Orleans cuisine to 22 cities in Germany under the title SPIRIT OF LOUISIANA. In 1993 she originated the project GOSPEL UNITED in co-operation with 2 Danish organizers, where she was able to show her musical and social influences.

Lillian Boutté worked with local legend Dr. John, with whom she produced the albums “The Jazz Book,” in 1993, and “But...Beautiful,” in 1995. Together with Munich pianist and singer Christian Willisohn, Lillian Boutté recorded the albums “Lipstick Traces,” (’92) “Come Together,” and album “You�'ve Gotta Love Pops,” in 2000. She also released “Music Is My Life,” in 2000.

Critics have compared Lillian Boutté with Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. In Europe, where she established a residence, she and her husband Thomas L'Etienne and her band “Music Friends” have already aquired a large following.

Her newest show and record “That Don't Keep Me From Cookin In A 'Gumbo Pot '” is a tribute to New Orleans music with the sounds of Sassafras, Mardi Gras, funky creole blues, smoky bars and jumpin' jazz featuring 'new' New Orleans songs by Phil Parnell, Lillian Boutte, Ed Frank and others.

An internationally acclaimed Jazz, Gospel and Blues singer,Lillian's unique charismatic personality, stunning voice and love for the music encapsulate an unforgettable experience for anyone who can appreciate a genuine artist.





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