Centre de Congrès / Scène Goldcorp – Éléonore / Rouyn-Noranda
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With a naturally expressive voice that has drawn comparisons to greats like Aretha
Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Texas-based singer and songwriter Ruthie Foster has a wide palette of American song forms -- gospel and blues to jazz, folk, and soul -- and her live performances are powerfully transfiguring. Foster grew up in Gause, Texas, a small town in the Brazos Valley southeast of Dallas, and even as a child she was fascinated by music; she listened to everything she could, hearing and absorbing not just gospel and blues, but also the country and pop songs she heard on the radio.
By the age of 14, she was a soloist in a local choir and was certain that her future would revolve around music. Some influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound which is unable to be contained within a single genre. When she moved to Waco to attend community college, her studies concentrated around music and audio engineering. She also began fronting a blues band, learning how to command a stage in the rough bars of Texas. The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse to itself. Following her tour of duty, Foster landed in New York City, where she regularly played various folk venues. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi.
An engaging live performer, Foster tours regularly, wowing audiences with her powerful voice and stylistic range. Foster has also won important titles, notably the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. In addition, she was nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row.
Returning to Texas, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music, whom she has stood beside for all her releases over the past two decades. After a few successful first albums, Foster switched her approach in 2014 with Promise of a Brand New Day, a record produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Reveries and personal songs turn out as evidence in the repertoire of this great artist at the crossroads of blues, soul and gospel.
Now comes Ruthie’s latest - Joy Comes Back - again on Blue Corn Music. When she recorded this album, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting a household and custody of her 5-year-old daughter. Music was her therapy. The comfort she felt within the studio gave her the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Every note on Joy Comes Back confirms this truth: It’s Ruthie’s time.