Oct 042015

Written by David Nichtern

“Midnight At The Oasis” was a 1974 hit single for American blues/rock singer Maria Muldaur. Written by noted songwriter David Nichtern, “Midnight At The Oasis” reached #6 on Billboard Hot 100. This single was eventually nominated at the 1975 Grammy Awards as “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year.” The best features of the song were Muldaur’s sensual vocal performance, its irresistible soft/rock appeal and, last but not least, the exotic, saucy lyrics.

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Sep 272015

Written by David Foster, Tom Keane & Richard Baskin

David Foster with Peter Cetera co-wrote some giant Chicago hits like “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re The Inspiration.” After the 1986 departure of Chicago ’s former lead singer/songwriter/bassist, their first top five hit was “Will You Still Love Me. ” Foster would co-pen this tune with his frequent collaborator Tom Keane. Back in the seventies, Keane was half of the successful teen duo, The Keane Brothers. Keane would go on to build a solid career in the eighties as a songwriter and producer by working with several music stars when he hooked up again with Foster.

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Sep 202015

Written by Bill Champlin

“Yo Mama” was a smoking, funk jam written by legendary Bill Champlin for his first solo album, Single. Released in 1978 and produced by a young but already gifted David Foster, Single was a sophisticated pop/R&B affair that was pretty close to the blue-eyed territories of Boz Scaggs’ 1976 seminal Silk Degrees. “Yo Mama,” with its rock-solid groove and muscular arrangement, was one of the highlights on Champlin’s album. This R&B mid-tempo sports a soulful atmosphere and a catchy, energetic refrain reflective of the glorious sounds of Sons Of Champlin and other big acts like The Commodores or Tower Of Power .

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Sep 132015

Written by David Foster & William Joseph

At the dawn of the new millennium, David Foster took Josh Groban and Michael Bublé under his wing and brought them to international stardom. A couple of years later, Foster applied the same path to another new name in the industry, William Joseph. In Foster’s mind, the skilled composer and piano player was destined to fill the instrumental pop slot occupied through the years by household names like Kenny G. and Yanni. Although Joseph didn’t generate high sales, he quickly built a solid reputation as one of the best piano artists in the classical crossover field. Joseph’s style was a clever mix of his classical origins with some world music influences and a powerful cinematic atmosphere. Joseph’s cds, Within and Beyond, were supervised by Foster in 2004 and 2008 respectfully.

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Sep 062015

Written by Djavan

When a beautiful melody was put in the capable hands of David Foster, the result was a work of art. “Liberdade” was such a ballad. Written by Djavan, one of Brazil ’s most revered musical minds, “Liberdade” (that translates to freedom, liberty or independence in English) was recorded in 1984 for Djavan’s Lilas album. Foster was a key figure on Lilas along with top sidemen Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East, Mike Landau, Jerry Hey and John Robinson.

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Aug 302015

Written by Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka is a legend of American popular music. From his start in the fifties as a songwriter in the famed Brill Building in New York to his big hits of the sixties and the seventies, Sedaka has been a fixture of the international pop scene for nearly sixty years. Sedaka and Foster have been close friends since the seventies when the world-famous music producer played keyboards on classic albums like The Hungry Years and Overnight Success. Foster even produced some interesting material for the singer’s eldest daughter Dara including her beautiful 1982 album I’m Your Girlfriend. Foster also appeared as the musical director for Sedaka’s 2007 special concert for his 50th anniversary in show business.

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Aug 232015

Written by David Foster & Peter Cetera

“You’re The Inspiration” was one of those classic songs that is a cornerstone in David Foster’s long and successful career. Co-written by The Hitman with Peter Cetera, this power ballad was released in October 1984 as the third single from the multiplatinum Chicago 17. “You’re The Inspiration” was the perfect follow-up to another masterpiece ballad, “Hard Habit To Break.” Like its predecessor, “You’re The Inspiration” jumped to #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and also reached the top of the Adult Contemporary chart. Listening to this magical ballad, it was easy to say all the names involved were at the top of their game. Cetera and Foster were on a collaborative roll and they co-wrote the musical structure of the song in just a few hours. The two music legends could do no wrong.

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