David Foster

Canadian musician, record producer, songwriter David Foster

David Walter Foster, OC, OBC, is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, singer, songwriter, and arranger, noted for discovering singers such as Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and Charice; and for producing some of the most successful artists in the world, such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Toni Braxton, Madonna, Air Supply and Michael Jackson. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations.
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Deadnaming A Trans Person Is Violence  —  So Why Does The Media Do It Anyway?
Huffington Post - 11 months
This piece by Sam Riedel originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. Content warning: discussion of homicide and assault Here are some facts: Mesha Caldwell lived in Canton, Mississippi. She studied at Jackson State University and worked as a hair and makeup artist, winning competitive “hair battles” and mentoring younger beauticians in the Madison County area. She was also a black transgender woman. I know these things because Mesha was found shot to death on January 4, the first of seven trans women of color to be murdered this year. But the first thing I read about her was the one thing I never wanted to know: the deadname she was assigned at birth. For transgender people, our relationships to our names are complicated, to say the least. What we’re called has power, and hearing a blatantly masculine or feminine name applied to you when you’re trying to realign your gender in a different direction can be a source o...
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Michael Bublé's Son Noah Is 'Progressing Well' From Cancer Treatment
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Here are all the musicians who refused to play at Trump’s inauguration
Yahoo News - about 1 year
President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration will be taking place Friday, January 20th in Washington, D.C., and Trump himself has already boasted about how fantastic the musical lineup is going to be for the pre-inauguration concert. The event is typically packed with high-profile artists who graciously accepted the opportunity to perform at such an important event, but this year things are a bit different. With such a personality as divisive as Trump, many of the artists who were originally rumored or even confirmed to be performing at the event have since backed out. Here's the rundown. Elton John The Rocket Man himself was expected to take the stage at Trump's event, and his appearance has been brought up on multiple occasions by members of Trump's own circle, but John has since crushed any notion that he would be there. In fact, when he discovered his songs were being used at Trump rallies he was furious, saying that Trump should have asked "Ted fucking Nugent" to provide music. And...
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Producer David Foster changes Chicago's sound
CNN - about 1 year
Record exec Irving Azoff recalls producer David Foster who describes discontent within Chicago. "History of Chicago" airs New Year's Day at 8p ET on CNN.
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Brinkley dating Hadids ex?
Fox News - about 1 year
Christie Brinkley and David Foster
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Michael Bublé Takes A Break From Singing After Son's Cancer Diagnosis
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Just one week after Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato announced that their 3-year-old son, Noah, has cancer, Bublé’s friend and mentor David Foster gave an update on how the singer is coping. “I think Michael, right now, is in a huge bubble, as you would expect when this happens. Everything shuts down around you,” the composer told Entertainment Tonight Canada, later adding that Bublé “will not sing again until his child is well.” “I’m certain of it,” he said. Many fans have reached out to the singer through social media, and Foster said that a few have contacted him wishing to extend their well-wishes and resources to Bublé. Though the diagnosis is heartbreaking, Bublé is “in good shape.”  “He’s got good doctors around him. We will hope and pray for a good outcome, which I believe that they will have,” Foster said, suggesting his fellow Canadian’s “good karma” will come into play.   Feliz día de la madre !! Happy Mother's Day @luisanalopilato !! #m...
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Is Grace VanderWaal the Next Taylor Swift?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Grace VanderWaal, who won the 11th season of America's Got Talent has been dubbed "the next Taylor Swift" by judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell... and apparently the internet agrees. When googling her, you might be confused when her bio appears alongside a picture of Swift. Everyone from Reese Witherspoon, Ellen, Justin Bieber, David Foster, Jason Mraz, Mario Lopez, to Heidi Klum and Perez Hilton has been tweeting to/about her. Also, Simon Cowell called the 12-year-old singer/songwriter, and I quote, "perfect." That means a lot, especially coming from one of the most notoriously harshest critics. See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2JFo_Q-0NA&app=desktop The next generation of superstars is emerging and coming into stardom in their own way. Modern day platforms like Netflix and Americas Got Talent is bringing geniuses out of the woodwork that the world would have otherwise missed. Instead of a tuned and groomed former Disney star turned pop sens...
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Jeffrey Biegel - On Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel's latest recording, Manhattan Intermezzo, is a gathering of piano concertos composed by a quartet of major leaguers in popular music: George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Neil Sedaka, and Keith Emerson (of ELP - Emerson, Lake and Palmer). It recounts a time when each of the artists had taken a hiatus from his immediate musical corner to fashion an opus for piano and orchestra - and custom-tailor it for concert hall presentation. The recording is a rare musical confluence. It is brightened by Jeffrey Biegel's performance history of the Gershwin and Ellington and fueled by his up-close-and-personal interactions with Keith Emerson and Neil Sedaka. The Brown University Orchestra and its Music Director, Paul Phillips supply snappy elegance and smooth rapture to works spanning more than eight decades. Jeffrey's recording goal was four concertos by four composers who wrote popular music or had popularized classical music. Recorded in the fall of 2014 and released this ...
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Why The White House Is Asking Students To Sing A Lady Gaga Song
Huffington Post - about 2 years
College a capella groups around the country can now compete for the chance to get advice from big-name musicians -- and raise awareness about campus sexual assault at the same time. All the groups have to do is record themselves covering Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens To You." The White House's It's On Us campaign, run in conjunction with the Center for American Progress, is helping lead the contest, which is part of a series of celebrity-backed efforts to bring attention to sexual assault on college campuses.  "Til It Happens To You," composed by Diane Warren, is the theme song for the campus rape documentary "The Hunting Ground." The film has been screened at hundreds of colleges, and the song has been nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar.  Before singing "Til It Happens To You" at a recent performance, Lady Gaga told the crowd that her aunt had suffered extensively after being sexually assaulted in college. The artist has also spoken about her own experience as a sexual assa...
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Photos: David Foster Supports His Ex's Daughters, Gigi and Bella Hadid
abc News - about 2 years
Meet the parents (and siblings, cousins and more!) of your favorite celebs.
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‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’: Faking it
Houston Chronicle - about 2 years
Oh, hey, Yolanda and David Foster took a vacation together to 'reconnect;' wonder how that worked out for them.
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David Foster reportedly accuses Yolanda Foster of exaggerating illness
Fox News - about 2 years
David Foster would like to see Yolanda's actual doctor's note.
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Yolanda Foster: Lyme disease was contributing factor to her divorce from David Foster
Fox News - about 2 years
Yolanda Foster opened up about her divorce from David Foster on Tuesday's Watch What Happens Live.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Foster
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    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.
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    In 2015, Foster joined the panel of judges for Asia's Got Talent.
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  • 2012
    Age 62
    In late 2012, Foster appeared in an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    Foster married Dutch model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills, California on November 11, 2011, in an 11/11/11-themed ceremony.
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    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    Foster supported Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election.
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    In December 2008, Foster was featured in a PBS special titled Hit Man: David Foster & Friends, a concert featuring live performances by Foster and numerous other performers.
    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".
  • 2007
    Age 57
    In November 2007, Foster appeared in The Oprah Winfrey Shows annual "Favorite Things" episode, performing with Josh Groban.
    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.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    Also in 2006, Foster was featured in Under the Desert Sky, Andrea Bocceli's live album and DVD of a pop concert held in Las Vegas.
    In August 2006, he was the musical director for JCPenney Jam's "The Concert For American Kids".
    In July 2006, Foster made a brief appearance on The View as Star Jones's vocal coach.
    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.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    In late April 2005, he appeared as a guest mentor on American Idol and as a guest judge on Nashville Star.
    In 2005, his and Linda Thompson's home life was featured in a Fox-staged reality TV show, The Princes of Malibu, in which he attempted to teach his spoiled stepsons, Brandon and Brody Jenner — the children of Thompson and the Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner — to straighten their lives up and earn their own way.
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 53
    In 2003, Foster won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for The Concert for World Children's Day.
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  • 2002
    Age 52
    Foster, with his then-wife Thompson, composed "Light the Fire Within", sung by LeAnn Rimes for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • 2001
    Age 51
    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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    Foster, along with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, composed "The Power of the Dream", the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
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  • 1995
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 41
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    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.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    In 1985, Rolling Stone magazine named Foster the "master of... bombastic pop kitsch".
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    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 32
    He married his second wife Rebecca Dyer on October 27, 1982 and they divorced in 1986.
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  • 1980
    Age 30
    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.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    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.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    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.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    In 1975, he played on George Harrison's album Extra Texture.
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles with his band Skylark.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 16
    In 1966, he joined a backup band for Chuck Berry.
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  • 1963
    Age 13
    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on November 1, 1949.
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