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David Foster Biography,Career and Personal Life

About David Foster

David Walter Foster, OC, OBC is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger ,born November 1, 1949. Foster was born in Victoria, British Columbia,to Maurice (Morry) Foster, a maintenance yard superintendent, and Eleanor May (Vantreight) Foster, a homemaker. At the age of 13 ,in 1963, he enrolled in the University of Washington music program.In 1966, he joined a backup band for Chuck Berry. In his teens, he moved to England with the Victoria rock band, the Strangers, and then back to Toronto where he played with Ronnie Hawkins. In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles with his band Skylark.

David Foster Career

Foster was a keyboardist for the pop group Skylark, discovered by Eirik Wangberg.In 1973 , the band’s song, “Wildflower”, was a top ten hit . When the band disbanded, Foster remained in Los Angeles and 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. He played on George Harrison’s album Extra Texture ,in 1975. He followed that up by playing the Fender Rhodes and clavinet on Harrison’s album Thirty Three & 1/3 a year later. In 1976 Foster joined Guthrie Thomas on Thomas’ 2nd Capitol Records album, “Lies and Alibis,” with Ringo Starr and a host of many other famed performers. Foster was a major contributor to the 1979 Earth, Wind and Fire album I Am, both as a studio player and arranger, as well as being a cowriter on six of the album’s tracks. The most noteworthy being the song “After the Love Has Gone” for which Foster, and his cowriters Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin, won the 1980 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Foster worked as an album producer on albums for The Tubes: 1981’s The Completion Backward Principle, and 1983’s Outside Inside. Foster cowrote such songs as “Talk to Ya Later”, the Top 40 hit “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore,” and the number 10 US hit “She’s a Beauty”. The 1980 Boz Scaggs album Middle Man saw Foster cowrite and play keyboard on some of Scaggs’s most successful songs, including “Breakdown Dead Ahead”, “Jojo”, and “Simone”, followed by “Look What You’ve Done to Me” from Urban Cowboy.

Foster was a major contributor to Chicago’s career in the early and middle 1980s, having worked as the band’s producer on Chicago 16 (1982), their biggest-selling multi-platinum album Chicago 17 (1984), and Chicago 18 (1986). As was typical of his producing projects from this time period, Foster was a cowriter on songs such as the US Chart No. 1 hit “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “Love Me Tomorrow” (US No. 22), “Stay the Night” (US No. 16), and “You’re the Inspiration” (US No. 3). These four songs were cowritten with the band’s lead vocalist Peter Cetera. Foster also helped Cetera cowrite (along with Cetera’s wife Diane Nini) his US No. 1 solo hit “Glory of Love” in 1986. Foster cowrote Kenny Loggins’s songs “Forever” (US No. 40), from the 1985 album Vox Humana, and “Heart to Heart” (US No. 15), from the 1982 album High Adventure. Foster also worked with Country singer Kenny Rogers on the hit albums What About Me? (1984) and The Heart of the Matter (1985), both issued by RCA; the latter of which featured “The Best of Me” a song co-written by Richard Marx that was covered by Cliff Richard in 1989, resulting in a number-two UK hit.

In 1985, Rolling Stone magazine named Foster the “master of … bombastic pop kitsch”. That year, Foster composed the score for the film St. Elmo’s Fire, 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 for the Michael J. Fox comedy The Secret of My Success (1987), which featured a song co-written by Foster titled “The Price of Love”, a track of which was performed by Roger Daltrey from the album Can’t Wait to See the Movie which Foster also 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 conductor and an Academy member.

David Foster Photo

David Foster Photo

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. 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. Foster gave the responsibility for running the label to then manager Brian Avnet. 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. By the year 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. Foster, along with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, composed “The Power of the Dream”, the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Foster produced major-label debut albums for Josh Groban in 2001, Michael Bublé in 2003, Renee Olstead in 2004, and Charice in 2010, which were released under his 143 Records. 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), has been 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, was composed by David Foster (together with his daughter Amy Foster-Gilles), and was used in the film.

Foster, his daughter Amy Foster-Gillies, and Beyoncé 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, in 2005. Over the years, more than $50 million has been raised to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and other children’s organizations. 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”.

On the 15th December , 2011, it was confirmed that Foster would become the Chairman of Verve Music Group.Foster produced Mary J. Blige’s first Christmas album A Mary Christmas released October 15. 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, Barbra Streisand, and Chris Botti. Foster produced Andrea Bocelli’s album, Passione, released in January. The album is a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and a virtual duet with Edith Piaf.Foster left Verve in 2016 in a label reorganization.

David Foster Personal life

Foster has been married four times and has five biological daughters and seven grandchildren,4 girls, 3 boys. His first child, Allison Jones Foster,born in 1970 is from a previous relationship when David was 20. He gave her up for adoption and reconnected with her when she was 30. His first marriage was to singer/writer B.J. Cook, who already had a daughter, Tamre Winger. Cook and Foster had one daughter together, Amy Foster-Gillies born in 1973 a songwriter.

He married his second wife Rebecca Dyer on October 27, 1982 and they divorced in 1986. They have three daughters: Sara Foster,born in 1981, Erin Foster,born in 1982, and Jordan Foster,born in 1986. Foster is the father-in-law of professional tennis player Tommy Haas, who is married to Sara.

He married his third wife, actress Linda Thompson, in 1991. The two became a songwriting team, collaborating on several songs, including “I Have Nothing”, performed by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard in 1992, and “Grown-Up Christmas List”. They divorced in 2005. Foster was stepfather to Brody Jenner and Brandon Jenner (Linda’s sons with Bruce Jenner – now Caitlyn Jenner), who both grew up living in his Malibu home. Both Jenner boys did a short-lived TV reality show called The Princes of Malibu at David and their mother’s home, starring themselves, their mother, and Foster.

Foster married Dutch model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills, California on November 11, 2011, in an 11/11/11-themed ceremony. David has three stepchildren from Yolanda Foster’s previous marriage to Mohamed Hadid: two daughters and one son, Jelena “Gigi” Noura  born in 1995, Isabella “Bella” Khair born in  1996), and Anwar Hadid born in 1999). On December 1, 2015, Foster announced that after four years of marriage and nine years together, he and Yolanda had made the decision to divorce. The divorce was finalized on May 2017.

His sister, producer Jaymes Foster, is the mother of Clay Aiken’s son, Parker Foster Aiken. He is a cousin of race car driver Billy Foster. Foster was driving a Chevrolet Suburban on the Pacific Coast Highway when he struck actor/dancer Ben Vereen in 1992,who was walking along the highway near his Malibu home. Vereen was critically injured, but recovered after going through physical rehabilitation. Foster supported Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election. On September 23, 2012, Foster spoke at a private fundraising event in Beverly Hills for Mitt Romney.

David Foster Songs

  1. Feeling Good
  2. Sway
  3. Try a Little Tenderness
  4. Fever
  5. Come Fly With Me
  6. Moondance
  7. You Don’t Know Me
  8. That’s All
  9. For Once in My Life
  10. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
  11. This Love
  12. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  13. The More I See You
  14. Save the Last Dance for Me
  15. How Sweet It Is
  16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  17. Song for You
  18. Carol of The Bells
  19. Angels We Have Heard On High
  20. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  21. Tu Scendi Dalle Stella
  22. The Christmas Song Featuring Natalie Cole
  23. Caro Jesu Bambino
  24. Blue Christmas Featuring Reba
  25. The Lords Prayer Featuring The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  26. What Child Is This Featuring Mary J. Blige
  27. Adeste Fideles
  28. Ave Maria

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