David Foster Biography
In between writing and producing a stunning number of hits throughout the last four decades, the 16-time Grammy winner and three-time Oscar nominee returns with what may be his greatest role yet as maestro of ceremonies for the now legendary Foster & Friends franchise – concerts, DVDs, CDs and PBS Great Performances Specials. The most recent “Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends” PBS Special was filmed at The Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. “Hit Man” shows Foster shining in his role as ringmaster bringing together a staggering line-up of talent. With performances by Seal, Donna Summer, Martina McBride, Charice, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Bolton, Jackie Evancho, Chaka Khan and more. The first David Foster & Friends Hit Man Great Performance show became the highest rated pledge show of the decade and was viewed by millions of fans in unprecedented numbers. A household name throughout Asia, David tours the region annually to sold-out arenas.
“I finally got out of the studio after all this time,” reveals Foster…But luckily not for good. In between Foster & Friends, he continues to produce some of the great voices of our time including recent stints with Michael Bublé, Seal, Andrea Bocelli, Jackie Evancho, Whitney Houston and “Glee” artist Charice.
David Foster entered the music business in 1973 as a member of Skylark and scored his first top ten hit “Wildflower.” The rest of the decade included Foster accompanying musical icons Neil Sedaka, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Anka, Diana Ross, George Harrison, Dolly Parton, Sonny & Cher and Rod Stewart. In the late 70’s, he ventured into writing and producing and worked on some of the classics of that era including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “After the Love Has Gone” for which he was awarded his first Grammy, Cheryl Lynn’s “Got To Be Real” and produced albums for Hall & Oates, Alice Cooper and Deniece Williams.
In the 1980’s, he produced and wrote a line-up of No. 1 singles including Chicago’s “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” Peter Cetera’s “The Glory of Love,” and John Parr’s “Man in Motion” (St. Elmo’s Fire) along with Chicago’s “16”, “17” and “18” albums. He also produced songs on multi-platinum soundtracks including “Ghostbusters,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Footloose,” “St. Elmo’s Fire” and the top selling cast album for the Broadway hit “Dreamgirls.” Other production and songwriting credits in the 80’s include hits for Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, The Tubes, Lee Ritenour, Barbra Streisand, Peter Allen, DeBarge, Anne Murray, Jennifer Holliday, Paul Anka, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs and Olivia Newton-John. He also accompanied and arranged top hits for Michael Jackson, Patti Austin & James Ingram, Michael McDonald & Patti Labelle and scored Grammys for his work with Chicago, “Dreamgirls” and Barbra Streisand.
With barely a moment’s rest, Foster went on to produce top hits for Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me” and “All By Myself,” Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable,” Brandy’s “Have You Ever,” All 4 One’s “I Swear,” Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart,” Madonna’s “You’ll See,” Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song,” Barbra Streisand’s duet with Bryan Adams “I Finally Found Someone” and “Music of My Heart” by Gloria Estefan with N’Sync. He also produced Streisand’s “Back to Broadway” album, Michael Bolton’s “Timeless (The Classics),” Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” “I Have Nothing” and “Run To You” for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. He created 143 Records in partnership with Warner Bros./Reprise and began recruiting an impressive roster of talent including Irish singing group The Corrs who sold 30 million records worldwide and received Grammy nods for his work with Natalie Cole, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston.
Moving on to the 21st century, Foster discovered, signed and produced Josh Groban whose CDs have sold well over 20 million copies. He also discovered, signed and produced Canadian singing sensation and Grammy winner Michael Bublé who has sold over 30 million CDs worldwide. In 2007, Josh Groban’s Foster-produced holiday CD “Noel” sold over 3.7 million copies and became the biggest selling CD of that year. Foster also produced Andrea Bocelli’s “Amore” and “Under the Desert Sky” DVD/CD and Renee Olstead’s debut CD of standards which sold 400,000 copies. He produced and co-wrote the Golden Globe winning song “The Prayer” for Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, “Come What May” for Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor on the “Moulin Rouge” Soundtrack and Celine Dion’s multi-platinum smash “Miracle.”
In 2009, Foster won a Grammy for his work with Michael Bublé and produced Seal’s 2009 global smash of R&B standards “Soul.” In 2010, he discovered, signed and executive produced YouTube singing sensation Charice’s debut CD. In 2011 he produced Jackie Evancho’s first full length studio album “Dream with Me” which topped the US Billboard charts making her an instant house-hold name. He then went on to produce and host her mega hit PBS special. In the end of 2011, David Foster had produced Michael Buble’s 2011 massively successful Christmas album which became one of the biggest selling albums of the year and one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
Foster is currently writing a Broadway musical about “Betty Boop.”
As of December 2011, David Foster had been appointed as the Chairman of Universal’s Verve Music Group. David is currently producing Rod Stewarts Christmas album, and Andrea Bocelli’s next studio album.
David Foster Bio from Discogs
Born 1 November 1949 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
He enrolled as a student at the University of Washington at the age of 13.
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010 and recipient of a long list of other awards.