David Foster Bio - Biography

Name David Foster
Naionality Canadian
Date of Birth 1 November 1949
Place of Birth Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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David Foster smashed into the national music scene with Skylark’s major hit single “Wildflower” (1972) and quickly became a favorite session keyboardist for such artists as John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Rod Stewart. Foster, who then also began writing songs, began his producing career in 1976 with a self-titled debut album from his new group “Attitudes.”

After writing and producing songs for Hall & Oates, Deniece Williams, Carole Bayer Sager, Boz Scaggs and the Average White Band, Foster won his first Grammy for the self-penned “After the Love Has Gone,” sung by Earth, Wind and Fire. His second Grammy arrived in 1982 after he produced the original cast album of the Broadway hit “Dreamgirls.” During this time, Foster worked with artists like Kenny Rogers, the Tubes, Kenny Loggins, Chicago (for “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”) and Lionel Richie (for “Can’t Slow Down”).

The music producer won another Grammy after working on the smash single “Hard Habit to Break,” from the album Chicago 17 (1984). The same year, Foster began providing the movie score for “I Can Wait Forever” for Ghost Busters (1984), which earned him a Grammy nomination. He was also nominated for a Grammy for the original soundtrack album of St. Elmo’s Fire (1985).

Foster next collaborated with Chicago’s frontman Peter Cetera on the theme song for The Karate Kid, Part II (1986, “Glory Of Love”), which earned a BMI Film & TV award, as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination. It was then followed by Foster’s acclaimed title track for the comedy film The Secret of My Succe$s (1987, won a BMI Film Music award and received a Golden Globe nomination), his theme song composition for the1988 Winter Olympics (“Winter Games”), as well as an alliance with Neil Diamond (in The Best Years of Our Lives, 1988) and Celine Dion (in Unison, 1990).

Later, the musician collected three Grammys (for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year) thanks to his work in Natalie Cole’s massive hit Unforgettable (1991). Foster, who was also praised for his score in the miniseries “Golden Fiddles” (1991), successfully collaborated with Whitney Houston in the Grammy-winning soundtrack for her hit film The Bodyguard (1992, also appeared as the Oscar Show conductor). The song “I Have Nothing” won a BMI Film & TV award and was nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar, while “I Will Always Love You” won Grammy’s Record of the Year. Also, Foster was given a Grammy for Producer of the Year.

The artist resumed his partnership with Celine Dion in “When I Fall in Love” (sung with Clive Griffin, from the 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle), the album The Colour of My Love (1993), the Grammy-winning Falling Into You (1996) and the Grammy-nominated “Because You Loved Me.” Amid his work with Dion, Foster also co-wrote (with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and wife Linda Thompson) the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics titled “The Power Of The Dream” and received a BMI Film & TV’s Special Recognition award and an Emmy nomination.

Foster provided another beautiful movie soundtrack, this time for Quest for Camelot (1998, “The Prayer,” earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination), before releasing the solo album Love Lights the World in the spring of 2000. The recipient of the 2002 Women in Film Crystal’s Humanitarian award was then handed a second BMI Film & TV’s Special Recognition award for providing the theme song of the 2002 Winter Olympics. He also nabbed an Emmy for “Aren’t They All Our Children,” which was performed at the televised The Concert for World Children’s Day (2002), and received an Emmy nomination for the series “Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli: Amore Under the Desert Sky” (2006).

Meanwhile, Foster was booed after trying to enter the reality series with the cancelled “The Princes of Malibu” (2005, also co-produced), which focused on his daily life with two spoiled stepsons. Foster was then seen in such reality shows as “American Idol” (2006), “Celebrity Duets” (2006, as a judge) and the special program Star Tomorrow (2006, as a judge).

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