Sun, 1 Jun 2014

The Hitman David Foster

The entertainment industry recognizes David Walter Foster as a songwriter, composer, arranger, singer and producer. He has produced records for various popular musical talents such as Chicago, The Bee Gees, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez and many more. He received several nominations and accepted 16 awards in the Grammy.

He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and showed interest in music at an early age. He had piano lessons at age five. He studied music when he was 13 years old at the University of Washington.

The Keyboardist David Foster

The music career of David Foster professionally started when he joined the band of Chuck Berry. He transferred to Los Angeles in 1971 with his Skylark band from Canada. He was the keyboardist of the group. In 1973, their song entitled "Wildflower" hit the ninth spot in the charts. He stayed in L.A. when the group disbanded and went back to Canada.

He explored the orchestra when he joined as keyboardist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Roxy Theatre. Musicians and producers who watched the show acknowledges his talent. Therefore, many popular artists invited him to perform as a keyboardist in their recording sessions. Soon after, he and Jay Graydon formed the group Airplay.

The Composer David Foster

His debut in film scoring was through the movie "St. Elmo's Fire". In 1992, he co-wrote the song "I Have Nothing" with Linda Thompson for the movie "The Bodyguard". He also produced the soundtrack album of the same movie.

Foster expanded his career as a composer when he wrote the song "Winter Games" for the Winter Olympics in 1988. He collaborated with the R&B artist, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds in 1996 for the song "The Power of the Dream". Celine Dion sung this theme song for the Summer Olympics. He also wrote the song "Light the Fire Within" with his then-wife Linda Thompson. This song was by LeAann Rimes in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The Producer David Foster

Foster's career in producing albums started with his band, the Attitudes. He also ventured in producing albums for other artists like Charice, Chicago, Josh Groban, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bublé, The Corrs and Whitney Houston. Foster produced records that occupied the number one position on Billboard. The songs that dominated the charts were "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, "The Power of Love" by Celine Dion and "I Swear" by All 4 One.

He won his first Grammy Award as a songwriter of "After the Love Has Gone" for the band Earth, Wind & Fire. His second award came three years later for the album he produced for the musical Dreamgirls. Many of the songs he composed and produced were topping the music chart. He toured different countries to stage concerts with fellow artists. He earned his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013. It is next to the stars of the Beatles, an icon of the music industry.

The intense passion for music and pursuit of excellence propelled the entertainment career of David Foster. He continues to create impact in the industry. His achievements in composing, arranging and producing records are worthy of honor and respect.

Some artists David Foster has worked with:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Prince
  • Chicago
  • Mariah Carey
  • Celine Dion
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Beyoncé
  • Diana Krall
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Whitney Houston
  • Michael Bublé
  • Diana Ross
  • Peter Cetera
  • Cher
  • Chaka Khan
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Natalie Cole
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Dolly Parton
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Josh Groban
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • The Bee Gees
  • Janet Jackson
  • Rod Stewart
  • Westlife

...and many others.

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