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David Foster
DavidFosterHWOFMay2013.jpg
Foster at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013
Background information
Birth nameDavid Walter Foster
Born(1949-11-01) November 1, 1949 (age 64)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPop, pop rock, classical, gospel, R&B
OccupationsMusic executive, record producer, musician, composer, songwriter, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, French horn, synthesizer
Years active1971–present
LabelsVerve, Reprise, 143, Atlantic
Associated actsSkylark, Attitudes, Airplay, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
Websitedavidfoster.com
 
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David Foster
DavidFosterHWOFMay2013.jpg
Foster at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013
Background information
Birth nameDavid Walter Foster
Born(1949-11-01) November 1, 1949 (age 64)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPop, pop rock, classical, gospel, R&B
OccupationsMusic executive, record producer, musician, composer, songwriter, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, French horn, synthesizer
Years active1971–present
LabelsVerve, Reprise, 143, Atlantic
Associated actsSkylark, Attitudes, Airplay, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
Websitedavidfoster.com

David Walter Foster, OC, OBC (born November 1, 1949), is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, singer, songwriter, and arranger.[1] He has been a producer for such successful musical artists as Bryan Adams, Christina Aguilera, Air Supply, All-4-One, The Bee Gees, Andrea Bocelli, Boz Scaggs, Toni Braxton, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Charice, Cher, Chicago, Destiny's Child, The Corrs, Neil Diamond, Céline Dion, Earth Wind and Fire, Sheena Easton, Gloria Estefan, Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Hall & Oates, Keith Harkin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Katherine Jenkins, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé Knowles, Kenny Loggins, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Misia, Olivia Newton-John, Brandy Norwood, Nsync, Prince, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Seal, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Tamia, The Tubes, Shania Twain, and Yuna. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations. Foster is the current Chairman of Verve Music Group.[2]

Career[edit]

1971–1999[edit]

Foster was a keyboardist for the pop group Skylark, discovered by Eirik Wangberg. The band's song, "Wildflower", was a top ten hit in 1973. Together with Jay Graydon he formed the band Airplay, whose album of the same name is often labeled as important within the west coast AOR genre. In 1975, he played on George Harrison's album Extra Texture.

The 1980 Boz Scaggs album 'Middle Man' saw Foster co-write and play keyboard on some of Scaggs' most successful songs, including "Breakdown Dead Ahead", "Jojo" and "Simone".

In 1985, Rolling Stone magazine named Foster the "master of ... bombastic pop kitsch."[3] That year, Foster composed the score for the film St. Elmo's Fire,[4] including the instrumental "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire", which hit No. 15 on the US pop charts. Another song from the film, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)", recorded by John Parr, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 7, 1985. In the following years, Foster continued turning out occasional film scores, including the Michael J. Fox comedy The Secret of My Success (1987) of which featured a song co-written by Foster titled "The Price of Love" a track of which was preformed by Roger Daltrey from the album Can't Wait to See the Movie which also Foster produced and the Jodie Foster-Mark Harmon film Stealing Home, both of which spawned soundtrack albums with prominent Foster-penned contributions. He collaborated with then-wife Linda Thompson on the song "I Have Nothing", sung by Whitney Houston in the 1992 film The Bodyguard; the couple also appeared in the film's Oscars scene as the Oscars conductor and an Academy member. They were nominated for a Grammy Award and an Academy Award for Best Song for the song.[citation needed]

Foster composed "Winter Games", the theme song for 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. "Winter Games" is also the soundtrack for fountain shows at the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas[5] and Sea World Orlando in Florida, and for the awards ceremonies at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.[citation needed]

In 1995, Foster signed a deal with Warner Brothers that enabled him to set up his own boutique label, 143 Records, as a joint venture with Warner.[6] Foster gave the responsibility for running the label to then manager Brian Avnet.[6] One of the label's first signings was a then-little known Irish folk-rock band, The Corrs, for whom he produced their debut album.[6] By 1997, Foster had come to the realisation that, in the American market at least, "logo labels" like 143 were in a "bad spot" and, as a result, Foster sold the label back to Warner and became a senior vice-president at the corporation.[6]

Foster, along with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, composed "The Power of the Dream", the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics; Foster's then-wife Thompson provided the lyrics (sung by Céline Dion).[citation needed]

2000s[edit]

Foster produced major-label debut albums for Josh Groban (2001), Michael Bublé (2003),[7] Renee Olstead (2004), and Charice (2010), which were released under his 143 Records.

In 2001, Foster collaborated with Lara Fabian and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to record English-language, French-language, and bilingual (French/English) versions of the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada", for a promotion of the Canadian government. Foster, with his then-wife Thompson, composed "Light the Fire Within", sung by LeAnn Rimes for the 2002 Winter Olympics. In 2003, Foster won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for The Concert for World Children's Day. His song, "I Will Be There With You" (sung with Katharine McPhee), is being used by Japan Airlines to promote the introduction of new aircraft to its US flights.

The 2001 film, The Score, starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, features a Diana Krall recording, "I'll Make it Up as I Go". This song, which accompanies the film's ending credits (Chapter 12), was composed by David Foster (together with his daughter Amy Foster-Gilles), and was used in the film courtesy of the Verve Music Group.[8]

In 2005, Foster, his daughter Amy Foster-Gillies, and Beyonce Knowles wrote "Stand Up For Love" as the anthem to the World Children's Day, an annual worldwide event to raise awareness and funds for children's causes. Over the past three years, more than $50 million has been raised to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and other children's organizations. Destiny's Child lent their voices and support as global ambassadors for the 2005 program.[citation needed]

Foster speaking in a ceremony for Andrea Bocelli at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2010

In 2009, it was revealed[by whom?] that Foster had worked with songwriter Diane Warren to produce records for Whitney Houston's upcoming album, and her comeback single would be the Foster-produced "I Didn't Know My Own Strength".[9]

2010s & Verve Music Group[edit]

On December 15, 2011, it was confirmed that Foster would become the Chairman of Verve Music Group.[10]

Foster produced Andrea Bocelli's 14th studio album, Passione, released in January 2013. The album is a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and a virtual duet with Edith Piaf.[citation needed]

In 2013, Foster also produced Mary J. Blige's first Christmas album A Mary Christmas released October 15th. The album includes 12 classics such as swing-styled Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer it also features artists such as: Marc Anthony,Jessie J,The Clark Sisters,Barbara Streisand and Chris Botti.

Television appearances[edit]

In early 1992, Foster went to Indonesia to tape the TV show David Foster's Twilight Orchestra on the national television station RCTI. In early 2001, Foster appeared in Popstars, a WB reality series aimed at coming up with the next girl group. The result was Eden's Crush (featuring Nicole Scherzinger). Foster and Linda Thompson wrote and produced several songs on their album. [11]

In 2005, his and Linda Thompson's home life was featured in a Fox-staged[12] reality TV show, The Princes of Malibu, in which he attempted to teach his spoiled stepsons, Brandon and Brody Jenner (the children of Thompson and Olympian Bruce Jenner), to straighten their lives up and earn their own way.

In late April 2005, he appeared as a special guest on both American Idol (as a mentor) and Nashville Star (as a judge), two weeks apart.[13] In 2006, he was a judge on Celebrity Duets, a FOX TV show and appeared on Star Tomorrow, for which auditions were held in Los Angeles and New York for undiscovered talent. Star Tomorrow aired only one (July 31, 2006) episode on NBC.[14]

Foster in September 2012

In July 2006, Foster made a brief appearance on The View as Star Jones's vocal coach. In August 2006, he was the musical director for JCPenney Jam's "The Concert For American Kids", which aired on CBS and was later released in CD/DVD format. Also in 2006, Foster was also featured in Under the Desert Sky, Andrea Bocceli's live album and DVD of a pop concert held in Las Vegas. In 2007, Foster was featured in Andrea Bocelli's Vivere Live in Tuscany, a live album and DVD of a pop concert performed at Bocelli's Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, Tuscany in July. In November 2007, Foster appeared in Oprah's annual "Favorite Things" episode, performing with Josh Groban.[15]

In September 2008, singer Charice joined Foster on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Celine Dion via satellite; and on October 31, he and Andrea Bocelli appeared on Oprah again together, where he stated that Bocelli was his "favourite singer on the planet".[16]

In December 2008, Foster was featured in a PBS special titled Hit Man: David Foster & Friends, a concert featuring live performances by Foster and numerous other performers.[17]

Later in 2011, he was featured in Bocelli's live album, Concerto: One Night in Central Park (also known as Live in Central Park) and in Andrea Bocelli's four PBS Specials. Bocelli also performed during Foster's Hit Man special.[18]

In late 2012, Foster appeared in an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. His wife, Yolanda Foster, was added to the cast of season three of the reality TV show.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Foster has been married four times and has five biological daughters and six grandchildren. His first child, Allison Jones (b. June 6, 1968), is from a previous relationship.[20] His first marriage was to singer/writer B.J. Cook, who already had a daughter, Tamre Winger, whom he raised. Cook and Foster had one daughter together, Amy Foster (b. July 29, 1973), a songwriter.

His second wife was model Rebecca Dyer; they had three daughters: Sara Foster (b. February 5, 1981), Erin Foster (b. August 23, 1982), and Jordan Foster (b. September 1986).[21]

He married his third wife, actress Linda Thompson, on June 27, 1991. The two became a songwriting team, collaborating on several songs, including "I Have Nothing", performed by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard (1992), and "Grown-Up Christmas List". Thompson filed for divorce on July 11, 2005, the day after her short-lived reality series, The Princes of Malibu, premiered.[21]

Foster married model/interior designer Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills on November 11, 2011, in a 11/11/11-themed ceremony.[22]

His sister, producer Jaymes Foster, is the mother of Clay Aiken's son, Parker Foster Aiken.[23]

On September 23, 2012, Foster spoke at a private fundraising event in Beverly Hills, California for Mitt Romney.[24]

Ben Vereen[edit]

In 1992, Foster was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway when his car struck actor/dancer Ben Vereen, who had crashed his car and was in a daze. Despite being thrown 90 feet, Vereen survived and went on the record to state that the accident probably saved his life, as he had developed a serious drinking problem following the death of his daughter.[25]

Discography[edit]

In addition to the numerous albums he has produced, the following are Foster's own solo or band works:[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Awards and Honours[edit]

In 1995, Foster received the Order of British Columbia, the highest honour awarded in his native province of British Columbia. Foster became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.[27]

Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three Producer of the Year awards and has been nominated a total of 47 times.[28]

He has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and won the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for the song "The Prayer" (sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion) from the film Quest for Camelot. He has been named BMI's "Songwriter of the Year".[29]

In June 2010, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[30]

On May 31,2013, Foster had attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for the second time around, but this time, he will be having a forthcoming honor for his own star near at the iconic Capitol Records Building led by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Foster Current Biography at Executive Visions". 
  2. ^ "David Foster Named Chairman of Verve Music Group"
  3. ^ Shewey, Don (June 6, 1985). "Album Reviews: Kenny Loggins: Vox Humana". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ St. Elmo's Fire credits, Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Bellagio Fountains - Las Vegas". Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Interview with Brian Avnet". HitQuarters. February 16, 2004. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Michael Bublé biography". Michaelbuble.com. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ DVD (ending Credits), Universum Film GmbH & Co. KG., Constantin Films and BMG Video, Germany, 2005
  9. ^ "Dianne Warren Confirms Whitney's new single to VIBE magazine". Vibe.com. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  10. ^ "It's Official: David Foster Named Chairman of Verve Music Group". Billboard. December 15, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Promise Me-Lyrics". 
  12. ^ "Reality Blurred: "Princes of Malibu's fakeness 'was meant to play funny', producer says"". 
  13. ^ "Wet Paint". 
  14. ^ "Star Tomorrow/IMDB". 
  15. ^ "Nightline Playlist: Josh Groban". "In her recent "Favorite Things" show Winfrey named Groban's Christmas album, "Noel" as one of her favorite things of 2007." 
  16. ^ "Live with Faith Hill & David Foster". http://www.oprah.com. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  17. ^ "Hitman: David Foster & Friends". PBS. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park". "Bocelli was joined that rainy, windswept evening by pop stars Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster, " 
  19. ^ Meet the New Housewives of Beverly Hills in Season 3 Sneak Peek!, USWeekly, September 20, 2012
  20. ^ "Foster Bio". 
  21. ^ a b David Foster profile at IMDb
  22. ^ Leach, Robin. "David Foster weds model Yolanda Hadid in fourth walk down the aisle", Las Vegas Sun, November 16, 2011
  23. ^ "Clay Aiken Welcomes A Son", People, August 8, 2008
  24. ^ "Mitt Romney pulls in $6 million at Beverly Hills fundraiser", "Los Angeles Times", September 23, 2012
  25. ^ "Review: David Foster's Hit Man -- Star Gazing in the Recording Studio", Huffington Post, December 2, 2008
  26. ^ "Sony Music Releases 'The Best Of Celine Dion And David Foster'", music.broadwayworld.com, October 25, 2012
  27. ^ Order of Canada citation
  28. ^ "David Foster eager to add to Grammy haul". CBC News. January 27, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  29. ^ David Foster. "Foster profile at Peermusic". Peermusic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  30. ^ "2010 Award and Induction Ceremony". Songwritershalloffame.org. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  31. ^ Hollywood Walk of Fame official website

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Preceded by
Tommy LiPuma
Chairman of Verve Music Group
December 15, 2011 - present
Succeeded by
incumbent