David Foster

Topics: David Foster, Josh Groban, Celine Dion Pages: 7 (1328 words) Published: November 5, 2013
My Musical Inspiration:

DAVID FOSTER
COMMUNICATION DYNAMICS 1B

Mluleki Dlamini 213443259
9/11/2013

DAVID FOSTER
[MY MUSICAL INSPIRATION]
I admire the virtuous works, commitment and commercial
success of David Foster. David Walter Foster (born November
1, 1949) is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer,
singer, songwriter, and arranger (wikipedia, 2013).
David Foster, n. d.

Foster is amongst the most commercially successful producers

in the planet. Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stated that “David Foster is a master at writing music and he has written songs for some of the most famous entertainers in the world (Walk of Fame, 2013). He has created hit songs and award-winning gold and platinum albums for a diverse array of artists including Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, Boz Scaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled singers who have straddled both pop and classical styles like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, into the mainstream; created culture-defining soundtracks for blockbuster films like The Bodyguard, Urban Cowboy, and St. Elmo’s Fire; and crafted timeless holiday classics, including perennial best-sellers like Josh Groban’s Noel, Michael Bublé’s Christmas, Celine Dion’s These Are Special Times, Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas Baby, and Andrea Bocelli’s My Christmas(David Foster Official Website, 2013).

David Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three for Producer of the Year, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and racked up three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song”. In an interview with CBC’s Q Cultural affairs show, David said, “The excitement and desire to win recognition from others in the music industry are still there, you don't take the day off anymore. Maybe I did 30 years ago when I won my first Grammy, but not anymore. But it's still exciting. I still have the hunger." (CBC Radio, 2010). In June 2010, he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame (Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2010). He has also earned a reputation as a keen spotter of new talent, playing a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé, the later two he signed to his Warner Music imprint 143 Records (David Foster Official Website, 2013).

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When David Foster began piano lessons at the age of five in his native Victoria, British Columbia, it quickly became apparent that his talents far surpassed those of other children his age (Foster and Fenjeves, 2008, p.34). Living up to that early promise, he was enrolled as a student at the University of Washington at the age of 13, and three years later, when offered an opportunity to join the backing band for rock 'n roll legend Chuck Berry, Foster embarked on his professional performing career.

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 (Executive Visions Inc., 1986-2013).

In 2008 and 2011, Foster stepped out as performer in his own right as the host of “Foster & Friends” — two star-studded concert events in Las Vegas that celebrate the music from Foster’s unparalleled catalog. The shows were filmed for Great Performance on PBS and Foster’s Hit Man and The Hit Man Returns became PBS’ highest-rated pledge drive shows of the decade (Education Broadcasting Corporation,...
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