Oct 202019
 

from FOR OUR CHILDREN TOO!
Written by Joni Mitchell

Around 1996, David Foster worked on a special cd titled For Our Children too! that benefited the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Foster wasn’t only the executive producer of the project, but personally crafted seven tracks for it. Foster worked with some of his superstar friends including Cher, Babyface, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Faith Hill and the late Natalie Cole (1950-2015). Other music greats appearing in the stellar line-up were Sir Elton John, Seal, Richard Marx, Vanessa Williams and the late Luther Vandross (1951-2005). We already reviewed Ms. Braxton’s intense interpretation of the R&B classic, “Brown Baby” that’s still available in the archives.

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Oct 062019
 

from NIGEL OLSSON
Music by David Foster Lyrics by Nigel Olsson & Jozy Pollock

This week, let’s go back to the mid-seventies when David Foster was a young, A-list session player, but already developing other impressive skills as an arranger and songwriter. One of Foster’s main connections of those years was with Sir Elton John’s legendary drummer, Nigel Olsson. Foster co-wrote, arranged and played on several tracks of Olsson’s 1975 self-titled album.

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Sep 222019
 

from SOUL
Written by Deniece Williams, Hank Redd, Nathan Watts, Susaye Greene

“Free” was a soul/R&B evergreen originally included in Deniece Williams’ 1976 album, This Is Niecy. Ms. Williams co-wrote the song with fellow Stevie Wonder “Wonderlove” alumni Hank Redd, Nathan Watts and Susaye Green. This enchanting smooth jam was produced by two geniuses; the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire (1941-2016) and arranger extraordinaire Charles Stepney (1931-1976). Their unique musicality gave Ms. Williams the perfect landscape to let her four-octave voice shine and together they created a true work of art. Sadly, Stepney died just a few months before the release of This Is Niecy. “Free” was released as a single in March 1976, reached #2 on the US R&B chart and #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Almost two years later, “Free” went to #1 in the UK.

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Sep 082019
 

from THE PRAYER (single)
Written by David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager

Italian Lyrics by Tony Renis & Alberto Testa

Through the years, “The Prayer” has become one of the most loved, successful and covered songs in David Foster’s huge catalogue. This poignant, thoughtful composition was co-written by The Hitman with his friend and legendary lyricist, Carole Bayer Sager. Singer/Songwriter Tony Renis and Alberto Testa provided the beautiful Italian lyrics. The song was originally included in the 1998 animated movie, The Quest For Camelot, with two different versions; one sung by Andrea Bocelli and the other by Celine Dion. Eventually, the two superstars re-recorded the track as a duet and the match of such a timeless melody with two of the most beautiful voices of our era made “The Prayer” collect a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. “The Prayer” was also included on Dion’s These Are The Special Times and Bocelli’s Sogno.

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Aug 252019
 

from SOUTHERN NIGHTS
Written by Neil Diamond

The late Glen Campbell (1936-2017) was a famous American singer, songwriter and guitar player. In the early sixties, Campbell started his career as a session player in Los Angeles and was part of the legendary “Wrecking Crew,” a group of talented musicians that played on hundreds of hit records throughout the decade.  His trademark guitar appeared on dozens of recordings by acts including The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Elvis Presley and The Monkees.

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Aug 112019
 

from FORGIVEN NOT FORGOTTEN
Written by The Corrs

In the nineties, David Foster’s collaboration with the talented Irish quartet, The Corrs, resulted in a welcome change of musical scenario for the Canadian super-producer. Foster put aside his typical mega-successful power ballads of those days to immerse himself into the catchy pop/rock atmospheres created by the four siblings.

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Jul 282019
 

from JUKEBOX
Written by David Foster, Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald

Rascal Flatts is one of the most successful country/pop groups of the past 20 years. The multi-platinum-selling trio tops the Country charts with many hits including “These Days,” “Bless The Broken Road,” “What Hurt The Most,” “Here Comes Goodbye” and “Why Wait.” Their country music style has strong pop flavors that reflect the influence on the group by celebrated music-makers like David Foster.

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