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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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Pie Jesu: Pie Jesu is a song originally sung by Chloe Agnew for the movie A Beautiful Mind. This is such a beautiful, beautiful song. I thought Libera sung it when I first heard it and when i looked it up, it was Chloe Agnew.
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This is So Beautiful My God In Heaven
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GOD put Jackie here only so I could experience how pure and wonderful an Angel is...richard
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gardenlady49 5 1 9
There have been a lot of good singers, groups and musicians from Canada but so far David Foster is my favorite composer. I have family from Victoria, British Columbia. Lots of talented people from there.
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Jackie evancho duet
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David you are trully a Hitman...i really enjoy your musics.
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This is a good song some times sad just makes you think a lot about the good days
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asunflower11 2 8
Love,Love,Lo v e David Foster and his beautiful wife Yolanda...tw o amazing people!!
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David Foster is forever creating heavenly music and using all his muses to relay his message thru his beautiful music. Thanks David.
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rcavalier86
I never heard of David Foster until he introduced Jackie Evanko, and I started looking a little closer at Foster. It seems he's always kept himself in the background. A true genius with such a humble mannerism, What a remarkable talent:)
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HIS VOICE...
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Thanks you Mr Foster bring Jackie Evancho back!
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sanchezclaud i a 2 8
I just listened to this song by Chicago but it's powerful
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Even in that star crowed group it's hard to understand why they left out JACKIE EVANCHO. The only true ANGEL.
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ljskadsen
Your The Inspiration is so beautiful. It always makes me cry.
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Lara Fabian lyrics translation Thankyou
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love this song
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♥♥♥♥ fav
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dinda03
Love all his works...Davi d Foster is the best
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I waith for you
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One Of My Favorite Movies & Soundtracks of all Time. <3
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David Foster was blessed with a great talent ! We are so very fortunate that he shared this talent with a multitude of other singers in the music industry. What an inspiration !
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ranngan1
David Foster, great!
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jenmikayla8
This is my all time favorite song!!!!!!
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Simply Beautiful:) Real Love Music:)
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I can't get tired listening Chicago songs.
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simara.cano
Those Chicago songs were classicals when I was growing up in middle school and high school. They were played in every single party! Love!
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Great song
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You're The Inspiration (Live) with Peter Ctera...what a treat of medleys.
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aerigsby2
I love Jackie she,s such a great singer my fav
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David Foster is an iconic composer and his music is really something, he also travels and plays for Andrea Bochelli.
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I have always been a David Foster fan from his early years even though I ask just 40 I gravitated to this music by the lyrics and they all happened to be written by him. He has an amazing ability and I am glad he suggested it with a variety of people
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jeanne195852
David Foster's music, I discovered were and are my favorites thru my life. What a true genius!! Thank you for bringing us Jackie Evancho and all the other greats of all time. Celine is my absolute fav! No wonder her songs touch me so!
Keep bringing us your music which makes this world a much better place to live in!!!
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REALLY AMAZING! I LOVE IT! Thank you Mr. Foster !
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Thank you David Foster for writing all these fantastic songs - truly a gift to the world!!!!!!! ! ! ! Keep on entertaining us!!!!! Love you!!!
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The Soundtrack of my life- Thank you David- BillyV, New York
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PLWS
I discovered DF. about 4 yrs ago through a cousin, I fell in love with his music then and enjoy both DVD's. He truly is a music genius, so continue giving us all your best and pointing so many others in the right direction, without you these people would never have been discovered and made it to where they are today.
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debhump53
right on!i love him! robert plant, he was the BEST!
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Wow! you are a bad boy D-Foster!!
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Until now I found out that my most be loved songs in the past 20 years until today ,came from the same heart-mind-g e n i u s song writer. I thank you for that and now you are leading in her way to succes the little angel that is Jacky Evancho
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Jackie Evancho was the runner up on America's Got Talent, then was picked up by David. She is an amazing little girl with an unbelievable set of lungs. Love her!
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If Foster doesn't do anothe thing in his life, I'll always revere him for bringing us JACKIE EVANCHO
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If Foster doesn
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If David Foster doen
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I so love this mans music, stokes all of my music memories.
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David Foster please keep it up. Teach the young ones!
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simara.cano
I remember being in middle school and listening to Chicago which was my favorite group back then (I was like 14 or 15). Their songs were in every single disco party and house party. It set the mood so nicely... Totally awesome.
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Through the years...Incr e d i b l e !
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dshefts
An incredible talent and a gentleman. He penned and produced the music
that marked most of our lives.
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wayne.libmil l e r
David Foster is a genius!
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