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Pure magic to watch and hear.
She sounds . . . forthright, resilient, and thoroughly at home.
—New York Times
Her voice has a Bonnie Raitt–like uniqueness that makes it impossible to ignore; and her smile and charismatic stage presence make you a willing participant in whatever story she wants to weave.
Four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster mixes a wide palette of American song forms, blending gospel, blues, jazz, folk, and soul in powerfully transfiguring performances. Starting in worship services at her community church and drawing influence from legendary singers like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be limited to a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career: marching to the beat of her own drum.
Foster’s ninth studio album, Healing Time, represents a new high-water mark for the veteran blues musician. The pure, powerful record finds Foster pushing her boundaries as a singer and songwriter harder than ever, creating a live-sounding atmosphere with the help of her loose and lived-in band. In exploring the extremes of being human, the record reflects the essence of living itself.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.