Ruthie Foster is a genuine force of nature. Owning a powerfully expressive voice and an innate gift for writing inspirational gospel-folk anthems, the Texan singer-songwriter has been thrilling audiences since the late 90’s. Foster traverses the whole spectrum of roots music with ease. Whether it be blues, folk, gospel or soul, she manages to infuse her own indomitable spirit into all of her songs.
Growing up in Gause, Texas, Ruthie’s first taste of performing came in her church, singing gospel with her family and eventually becoming a featured soloist. After going to school for music, joining the Navy for a spell, and detouring for a brief stint gigging around New York City, Foster returned to Texas to begin her songwriting/performing career in earnest. She self-released her debut Full Circle in 1997 before being picked up by Blue Corn Records. She built her career as a slow burn, becoming a regional favorite in Texas and growing her fanbase by performing constantly. Ruthie’s breakthrough record came in 2007 with The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster and the hit “Heal Yourself.” That album put her on the festival circuit and on radio stations around the country, eventually ending in Foster getting nominated for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards (she would win a few years later).
Subsequent records like 2009’s Grammy-nominated The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, 2011’s Live at Antone’s and 2012’s Grammy-nominated Let it Burn further cemented Foster’s place in the roots music pantheon. Ruthie’s emotionally-resonant vocals and seamless genre-hopping between blues, folk and soul caused many critics to cite lofty comparisons to artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin.
2014’s Promise of a Brand New Day, was produced by Meshell Ndegeocello and featured guest appearances by guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and singer Toshi Reagon. Her most recent album, 2017’s Joy Comes Back, showcased a wide range of tunes from the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath, and boasted guest turns from Derek Trucks, Willie Weeks and Austin fiddling sensation Warren Hood.
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