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 1979-84, 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.