Ruthie Foster is an American singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. Foster was 48 years old in May 2012.
Foster is from Gause, Texas and comes from a family of gospel singers. She studied music at McLennan Community College and then worked in the US Navy, where she started performing. Her debut was released in 1997 and she has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has often been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin.
In June 2009, Foster toured with The Blind Boys of Alabama. In December 2009 her CD, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In May 2010, at the Blues Music Awards, Foster was announced as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. She was a featured artist at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia in 2011.
§Awards and honors
Foster won the 2013 Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Foster scored the award for Best Female Vocalist at the 2013 Austin Music Awards
Grammy Awards 2013 - Let It Burn nominated for 'Best Blues Album'
2012 Blues Music AwardsWinner: Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Winner: DVD of the Year for Live at Antone's
Nominee: B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
2011 Blues Music Award Winner - Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
2011 Living Blues Award Nominee - Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
2010 Living Blues Critics' Poll Winner - Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
2010 Blues Music Award Winner - Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
2009 Blues Music Award Nominee - Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
2008 Blues Music Award Nominee - Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster was produced by Papa Mali
The Truth According To Ruthie Foster was produced by Grammy-winning producer Chris Goldsmith
The Truth According To Ruthie Foster and Let It Burn were nominated for Grammy Awards.
She has toured with Warren Haynes and also appears on his album, Man In Motion (2011).
Let It Burn featured special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, William Bell and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters and was produced by Grammy Award winner John Chelew
She was featured as a special guest on House of Blues and Elwood Blus' radio show, "The BluesMobile" (February 2013)
Performed at the Texas State Society of Washington D.C.'s Presidential Inauguration Ball (January 2013)
She was featured in Austin Live: Tick Tock, a video short produced by the City of Austin (November 2012)
Foster performed with the Allman Brothers Band in 2012, at their annual Beacon Theatre run in New York City. She sang on four songs, including a cover version of "The Weight," on which she traded verses with Susan Tedeschi.