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Ruthie Foster Feels Like Freedom

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Ruthie Foster Shares New Single ‘Feels Like Freedom’

Grammy nominated vocalist, songwriter Ruthie Foster shares her triumphant new single “Feels Like Freedom” from her forthcoming album Healing Time, out November 18 via Blue Corn Music.

With a certain reverence, “Feels Like Freedom” opens with piano and and the choir singing “freedom” as Ruthie Foster’s rich, soulful voice rolls in. About a new beginning, the song references her readiness to move on. Foster’s compelling vocal hits you where only a voice like hers can–in the soul and spirit. A gospel-influenced tune, Foster creates an uplifting, joyful vibe as she celebrates a spiritual breakthrough. One word–beautiful.

“I fell hard for the song,” shares Foster when speaking about “Feels Like Freedom,” originally sung by Joanna Jones. “It said everything about what I wanted to do with this album. It exactly captures the feeling of rising up from a place where you felt stuck. A lot has gone on in the last several years, and for some people it felt as if the world was falling apart. This song says to me, ‘No, we got you.’”

Listen to “Feels Like Freedom”

Stream/Download “Feels Like Freedom” Here

“Feels Like Freedom” follows the effervescent “Soul Searching,” which has garnered praise from press including The Alternate Root, Jam Band News and Rock and Blues Muse who said, “As always with Ruthie Foster, all you need to do is push ‘Play’ and get out of her way. She will put your pieces back together.”

Foster’s forthcoming record Healing Time finds her pushing her boundaries as a singer and songwriter more than ever before in her 25-year-career, creating a truly live-sounding atmosphere with the help of her band, who sound refreshingly loose and lived-in throughout this 12-song collection.

On Healing Time, Foster enlisted previous collaborators like Gary Nicholson (Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal) and Grace Pettis to pitch in as well as every member of her band. Sonically, her band also played a large role in recreating the timeless sound that she was drawn to after spending time with her vinyl collection.

Collaborating with powerhouse producers Mark Howard (Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams) and Dan Barrett, who also worked on Foster’s Joy Comes Back, these new songs coalesced at Adrian Quesada’s (Black Pumas) famed Electric Deluxe studio in Austin, Texas. Along with several members of the Black Pumas, Barrett brought in a collection of Austin’s finest backing musicians like Glenn Fukunaga (The Chicks, Shawn Colvin).

The aptly titled Healing Time is not only a reference to the trials many have faced over the last several years but it’s also a musical balm for Foster’s listeners. It’s safe to say that everyone has been in need of some healing during recent times, and the veteran artist’s latest provides a guide for how to move through the world with equal parts compassion and resolve.

Ruthie Foster is currently on tour including an album release show at Austin’s Paramount Theatre on November 19 where she will be honored with a star on the sidewalk of the historic venue, becoming only the sixth artist to do so and joining icons including Lyle Lovett and Delbert McClinton.

A full list of tour dates can be found below and tickets are available Here

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