In 1998, Sandra “SaNa” Foster, PhD, founded the SaNa Band. The band performs in public and private venues throughout the United States. SaNa has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Clark Atlanta University magazine, Bass Player magazine, and on Good Day Atlanta TV program. The band has released five CDs on www.cdbaby.com/sana.

SaNa performs on shows with artists namely Sandra Hall, Beverly Guitar Watson, Uppity Blues Women, Lola Gulley, Donna Hopkins, Denise LaSalle, Albert White, Chick Willis, Tommy Brown, Clarence Carter, Frankie Lee Robinson, Deacon Bluz, Herman Hintson, James Armstrong, Theotis Ealey, New Orleans Jazz Band, and Wilson Meadows.

As an associate professor in the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work, Dr. Foster was inspired by Elmer and Joanne Martin’s work on social work and the black experience. They explore the content of spirituals and the blues and encourage practitioners to integrate their findings into practice. Hence, this workbook, The Healing Properties of the Blues, traces the birth of the blues from its African roots to its American fruits and demonstrates how to use the blues as a problem-solving method.