Dec 242017
 

from MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY
Written by David Foster & Linda Thompson

“Grown-up Christmas List,” composed by David Foster and Linda Thompson, is one of the true modern-day Christmas classics together with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” co-written by Foster’s pal Walter Afanasieff, and Wham’s perennial hit, “Last Christmas,” written and sung by the late George Michael (1963-2016). Foster originally recorded “Grown-up Christmas List” in 1990 with the late Natalie Cole (1950-2015) for his solo River Of Love album. That first version was also included in Foster’s 1993 The Christmas Album.

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Dec 172017
 

from ARETHA
Written by Willard Eugene Price

“Come To Me” was an evocative ballad recorded by the legendary Aretha Franklin for her 1980 Aretha album. Aretha was Ms. Franklin’s debut with Clive Davis’ Arista Records label. That record featured the Queen Of Soul into an updated, pop-oriented, glossy sound that was achieved with the help of some of the hottest LA session cats including David Foster playing keyboards and synthesizers on a few tracks.

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Dec 102017
 

from GOING FOR THE GLOW
Written by David Foster & Brenda Russell

“It’s Something” was a soul/pop composition co-written by David Foster with singer/songwriter Brenda Russell around 1980. This breezy mid-tempo was one of the most successful songs of Foster’s early repertoire. Through the years, “It’s Something” has been sung by Ms. Russell, r&b singer Leslie Smith and the fabulous Lalah Hathaway who recorded it twice and even received a 2014 Grammy for her sublime, soul/jazz rendition on Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner – Volume 1cd. The first version of “It’s Something” belongs to the underrated, r&b singer Donna Washington who cut the tune in 1981 for her Going For The Glow album.

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Dec 032017
 

from CLOSER (special edition)
Written by Tom Bahler

“She’s Out Of My Life” was a poignant ballad written by Tom Bahler and popularized by the late Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 to June 25, 2009) on his 1979 Off The Wall album. Bahler wrote this gorgeous song after the end of a long relationship. Quincy Jones said that he initially wanted to record the song with the late Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 to May 14, 1998), but eventually cut it with Jackson who gave a very emotional performance that immediately made “She’s Out Of My Life” a classic.

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Nov 262017
 

from HURRICANE
Written by David Foster & Eric Benet

Eric Benet is one of the most distinctive and talented r&b singers on the music scene.

In 2003, Benet joined forces with his friend, David Foster, to work on his third cd. The initial concept was to deliver an elegant soul album with touches of refined adult contemporary music and echoes of classic acts like Bill Withers and Terry Callier. Benet’s soulful tenor and crystal-clear falsetto mixed well with the quality pop landscapes created by Foster. The atmosphere Foster fashioned was fairly close to a black version of Kenny Loggins. Benet and Foster recorded a handful of songs co-written for the occasion by the singer with Foster and other music luminaries including guitarist Dean Parks, singer/songwriter Danny Peck, keyboardist Neil Larsen and lyricist Linda Thompson.

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Nov 192017
 

from THE KEANE BROTHERS
Written by Tom Keane & B.J. Cook

The Keane Brothers was a teen act on the 20th Century Records music label whom released their debut album in 1977. The self-titled The Keane Brothers album was David Foster’s second full-fledged production after Jaye P. Morgan’s 1976 self-titled debut album. Both albums were recorded at the famed LA Studio City Studios in Van Nuys with the esteemed Keith Olsen in the engineer seat. Only in his mid-twenties at the time, Foster produced and arranged these two projects that gave immediate proof of his superior ear and skills.

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Nov 122017
 

from LAST DANCE (single)
Written by Paul Jabara

“Last Dance” was one of those disco/pop staples that the late, great Donna Summer (1948-2012) brought to the top of the charts worldwide in the second half of the seventies. This evergreen was penned by the late singer/songwriter Paul Jabara (1948-1992). “Last Dance” was included on the soundtrack of the 1978 disco movie, Thank God It’s Friday. Starring alongside Ms. Summer were talented newcomers including Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger plus The Commodores, the famous soul/r&b group.

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