Studying classical voice in New York (Manhattan School of Music), Lila Ammons spent twelve years singing in opera, recitals and oratorios in the US and Europe, as well as doing commercial and film work. She has been moving steadily into jazz, as well as relocating to Minneapolis-St. Paul, where, with a wide vocal and interpretive range, Lila Ammons has also appeared with her project Sisters in Song  for the Twin Cities Jazz Society, along with the Chicago Blues Festival (2007).
After organizing big celebrations for her grandfather's centennial, she started performing with boogie and blues pianistAxel Zwingenberger. In 2008 they issued their first CD, Lady Sings the Boogie Woogie, on the independent label Vagabond Records. Joint concerts with The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie were followed by an appearance on Jools Holland's radio show.