Ruthie Foster is an American singer/songwriter of blues and folk music.

She is from Gause, Texas and from a family of gospel singers. She studied music at McLennan Community College and then worked in the US Navy, where she started performing. Her debut was released in 1997 and she has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has often been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

In June 2009, Ruthie was on tour with The Blind Boys of Alabama. In December 2009, her most recent CD, "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster," was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Contemporary Blues Album. In May 2010, at the Blues Music Awards, Ruthie won Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.