When it comes to soul and gospel music there’s no doubt Ruthie Foster was born with blues and roots in her blood.

The American folk singer is in Australia to help promote her new album The Phenomenal RuthieFoster as well as to hit the festival scene with gigs at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival as well as an intimate show at the Factory Theatre.

Foster said she expected the gay community to relate to her new music which was influenced by the recent painful break-up with her long-term girlfriend.

The new album has a soulful and blues sound, she said.

It has this early 70s sound with vocals upfront and not a lot of instruments. It’s different from before because it shows a more multi-dimensional side of my music and is a lot more personal.

Most of the songs are about coming in and out of relationships. The process has been very validating and healing.

Foster has promised a powerhouse performance at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival as well as a crowd-pleasing gig at Enmore’s intimate Factory Theatre.

If you’re unaware of Foster, you may know her from the songs Heal Me and Phenomenal Women.

The new album will be out in coming weeks and she hopes all the gay and lesbian community can come to see her show.

For more details on the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival visit www.bluesfest.com.au.

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