Texas native Ruthie Foster has also been garnering critical acclaim for her soulful fusion of blues, gospel, roots and folk. Her CD Runaway Soul was a feature on many Texas critics’ top ten lists and her fan base grows with each of her outstanding live performances. Her appeal lies in powerful songs and her commanding voice, which has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.
“My songs are about life and living,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll use someone else’s experience and write something from that and what that means to me. I’ve often written songs that mean one thing to me and someone interprets that song as something totally different. … If that’s what makes someone feel better and helps them to understand what the song means to them, then that’s fine. I just write from my own experiences, and I borrow other people’s lives, and put that to music too.”
Foster’s music goals are not mainstream success or even widespread fame; she wants to use her music to help others through difficult emotional times.
“I think there’s a lot of healing to be done through music, because that’s what music has done for me,” she said. “[Because of] the experiences that I’ve been through in my own life …I found a lot of healing power in music. I think that’s why I do what I do, and try to interpret my feelings in song and put that out there and hope it comes back and I can put it back out again, just keep the circle going.”
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