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 period of 15 years
and with the help of 17 albums featuring jazz, pop, blues, soul and gospel,
she has succeeded in conveying the city's unique atmosphere to an
the last 13 years, she has been touring almost nonstop, doing concerts,
club dates and festivals all over the world.
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.
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
Boutté is proud to be friends and to have worked with musical giants like
James Booker, Henry Butler, Denny Barker, Allen Toussaint and of course
Dr. John, with whom she produced the CDs The Jazz
Book in 1993, and But...Beautiful in 1995.
with Munich pianist and singer Christian
Willisohn, Lillian Boutté recorded the CDs Lipstick Traces , Come
Together and her new album You´ve Gotta Love
Pops, which will be
presented in January 2000.
have compared Lillian Boutté with Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin and
Mahalia Jackson. In Europe, she and her husband Thomas L'Etienne and her
band "Music Friends" have already aquired a large following.