David Foster

Musician + Record Producer + Songwriter
Born Nov 1, 1949

David Walter Foster, OC, OBC, is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, singer, songwriter, and arranger.

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1949 Birth Born on November 1, 1949.


1963 13 Years Old Foster was born in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of a maintenance yard superintendent and a homemaker. In 1963, at the age of 13, he enrolled in the University of Washington music program.
1966 16 Years Old In 1966, he joined a backup band for Chuck Berry. … Read More


1974 24 Years Old In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles with his band Skylark. … Read More
1975 25 Years Old In 1975, he played on George Harrison's album Extra Texture. … Read More
1976 26 Years Old In 1976 Foster joined Guthrie Thomas on Thomas' 2nd Capitol Records album, "Lie's and Alibi's," with Ringo Starr and a host of many other famed performers.
1979 29 Years Old 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.


1980 30 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1982 32 Years Old He married his second wife Rebecca Dyer on October 27, 1982 and they divorced in 1986. … Read More
1985 35 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1988 38 Years Old 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.


1991 41 Years Old 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 (1992), and "Grown-Up Christmas List". They divorced in 2005. … Read More
1995 45 Years Old 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. … Read More
1996 46 Years Old Foster, along with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, composed "The Power of the Dream", the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics. … Read More


2001 51 Years Old 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.
2002 52 Years Old Foster, with his then-wife Thompson, composed "Light the Fire Within", sung by LeAnn Rimes for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
2003 53 Years Old In 2003, Foster won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for The Concert for World Children's Day. … Read More
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. … Read More
In 2006, he was a judge on the FOX TV show Celebrity Duets and appeared on Star Tomorrow, for which auditions were held in Los Angeles and New York for undiscovered talent.
2007 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Foster was featured in 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 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".


2011 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Later in 2011, he was featured in Andrea Bocelli's live album, Concerto: One Night in Central Park (also known as Live in Central Park) and in Bocelli's four PBS Specials. … Read More
2012 62 Years Old In late 2012, Foster appeared in an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. … Read More
2015 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, Foster joined the panel of judges for Asia's Got Talent. … Read More
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