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David Foster

During the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s, David Foster was among the most commercially successful producers and composers in all of popular music, lending his signature sweeping power ballad aesthetic to smash hits from Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Josh Groban while virtually defining the adult contemporary format. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Foster began studying piano at the age of five and enrolled in the University of Washington's music program eight years later. He joined Chuck Berry's backing band as a 16-year-old and relocated to Los Angeles in 1971 with his group Skylark, scoring a major hit the following year with the single "Wildflower." Foster also became a sought-after session keyboardist, appearing on recordings from superstars including John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, and Rod Stewart.

Foster's production career began when he helmed the 1976 eponymous debut from his own group, Attitudes. He soon turned to outside projects as well, writing and producing material for Hall & Oates, Deniece Williams, Carole Bayer Sager, Boz Scaggs, and the Average White Band. In 1979, he earned his first Grammy Award for penning Earth, Wind and Fire's "After the Love Has Gone." From there, Foster's career exploded, and he was soon writing and producing for artists like Kenny Rogers, the Tubes, and Kenny Loggins. In 1982, he won a second Grammy for producing the original cast album to the Broadway hit Dreamgirls; he also composed and produced Chicago's hit "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," followed in 1983 by work on Lionel Richie's blockbuster Can't Slow Down. With 1984's Chicago 17, Foster scored his greatest success to date, with the smash single "Hard Habit to Break" earning him a Grammy for Producer of the Year.

A year later, Foster wrote and produced John Parr's hit "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," and in 1986 he reunited with Chicago -- not only for their 18 LP, which launched the hit "Will You Still Love Me," but also with the group's singer, Peter Cetera, for whom he wrote the chart-topping "The Glory of Love." By now Foster was among the most successful producers in pop. Though reviled by critics, his work was enormously successful on the charts, with dozens of Top 40 hits attributed to his name. However, he was atypically quiet during the latter half of the 1980s, most notably teaming with Neil Diamond on his 1988 album The Best Years of Our Lives and working on a variety of film projects and one-off studio dates. In 1990, Foster began his collaboration with Celine Dion, writing and producing material for her Unison album and generating the hit "Have a Heart." A year later, he teamed with Natalie Cole for her mega-hit Unforgettable and won three more Grammys: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year.

In 1992, Foster collaborated with Whitney Houston on the multi-platinum soundtrack to her hit film The Bodyguard, which netted him another Album of the Year Grammy at the following year's award ceremony, with the blockbuster single "I Will Always Love You" also winning Record of the Year. Again, he took home Producer of the Year honors as well; additionally, "When I Fall in Love," the theme to Sleepless in Seattle performed by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin, garnered Foster another trophy as arranger. For Dion, he next produced 1993's The Colour of My Love, which spawned the smash "The Power of Love," and a year later, he helmed All-4-One's I Swear. With Dion's 1996 Falling into You, Foster again took home the Album of the Year Grammy; the blockbuster Because You Loved Me, whose title track was the theme song for the romantic drama Up Close & Personal, was also a nominee in the Record of the Year category. A major hit from that same year was Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart."

David Foster's accolades stretched into the 21st century, when he helped launch the multi-platinum careers of two male crooners: Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. He continued releasing his own material, too, having issued over ten albums since the early '80s. Foster toured as well, often employing a collaborative "Foster and friends" approach for his performances. That approach was captured on The Hit Man Returns, a live album taken from a 2010 concert that featured guest performances by Seal, Martina McBride, Donna Summer, and more than ten other artists with whom Foster had previously worked. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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darrensblank e n s h i p 6 3 . d s b . d b
Simply the Best of the Best!
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katygwilson
Your music is part of the soundtrack of my life, thank you.
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Best of the greatest artists. Thank you and all great work through out the years you made the world a happier place.
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Love your Music very much and Thank you a pleasure in my ears,
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Great music, very talented, amazing!
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His music is so beautiful.
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sbrown1130
Very talented!
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BEAUTIFULL IN A WORD
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He also has a Winter Olympics Album that is fantastic
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David is the very best at what he does, been following his work for years and love everything he makes happen
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MERLIN
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olsalt1
Very easy to listen to. Doesn't blow your sock off.
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David is a wonderful person, I also love what he did for josh, I love his music, and saw both of them in concert.
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I was named after this guy lol
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David is the King of the Music. I love every song that he produced.
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didnt he do white knights soundtrack? 1987?
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David is the Mozart of popular music.reedjc w @ g m a i l . c o m
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buttons-butt o n s 0
He ranks up at the top. He has given us so much. Wouldn't want a world without music.
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:)
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i just love slow music
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One of the absolute BEST Hit Makers EVER! And his autobiograph y , Hit Man was fantastic!
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alaynekay
I uncharacteri s t i c a l l y and quickly developed a huge crush on David Foster upon finding out who he was upon the first PBS's Hit Man and am still amazed by his awesome talent & personality! Too bad for me that he has evidently married again. (Who in the world would've ever let him go/get away?)
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claud4422
i always hear at least one of dave's music in my head, daily. wow.
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kalaysia77
I really like and admire this man!
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Really wonderful music! Please keep it going!
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Mozart
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wisdomseeker 1 9 4 7 7 7
amazing
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rowenagibbon s
Would many not consider David to be a modern day Mozart? His many talents prove this to be. He has given the world much joy through his music.
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genius
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greggsonny
Love his style of music. It puts you in the mood to listen to GOOD MUSIC.
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One of the all time GREAT Song writers!
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WOW IS RIGHT! I am glad to have read about you. CARRY ON!
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donnataylord e s i g n
WOW--So many hits and stars and successes! A major musical force "behind" the scenes of so many.
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Great!!!
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He's the king, great''''''' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '
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HE IS SUCH A GREAT COMPOSER, ARTIST, TALENTED MAN, I JUST ORDERED HIS CD FROM PBS, CAN'T WAIT TO GET IT!!! HE ALSO IS GORGEOUS, TOO BAD HE'S MARRIED!!
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A TRUE MUSICAL GENIUS AMONG MANY OTHERS OF OUR TIME - I AM SO ENAMORED OF NOT ONLY HIS COLLABORATIO N S WITH ALL OF THE SINGERS THAT HE HAS WORKED WITH BUT WATCHING HIM WITH ANDREA BOCELLI - HIS MODESTY. HE IS TRULY A WONDER FOR OUR TIME...
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He is just the best, amazing talent developer...
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nothing short of genius
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HE GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE BECAUSE HE CHOOSE TO SHARE HIS TALENTS AND HARD WORK. I WOULD LOVE TO MEET HIM!
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chuck132
BEST SONG WRITER OF THIS ERA
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I just watched his dvd Hitman it was a great production along side so many of the artists he produced and wrote songs for. What talent! He is someone to admire. Great work David!
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One terrific arranger, composer, and producer!!
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shacklake
Pretty SHORT discography for such an accomplished musician. The history of musical composition has proven time and time again that critics don't produce or sell, and in the end it's what the audience finds appealing that endures. So as it is with David Foster and all of his commercial success. But aside from this, his talent in composition escapes the popular notion of a pop musician as witnessed in his work, The Symphony Sessions, which includes yet another (although unintentiona l ) commerci

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