Also nominated for the Koko Taylor Award in Blues Music Awards
Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has been honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) with her third straight GRAMMY nomination for Best Blues Album. Foster’s Promise of a Brand New Day, produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, follows nominations for The Truth According to Ruthie Foster in 2009 and Let It Burn in 2012. TheGRAMMY Awards are held February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Ruthie Foster also received a nomination for the Koko Taylor Award, honoring notable female blues artists, in the Blues Music Awards ceremony to be held May 7, 2014 in Memphis.
Released Aug. 19 on Blue Corn Music, Promise of a Brand New Day features special guests Doyle Bramhall II and singer Toshi Reagon. The Austin Chronicle called it “some of Foster’s best work to date,” and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel remarked, “…confidently balances soul, blues, gospel, folk and pop,” while Cashbox cited “music from the heart, the pulpit and the soul.”
Those who have followed Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Her list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, the 2010Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year, the 2013 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Blues Artist of the Year (female) and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.