Nov 092014


written by Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart & Gavin Christopher

Today, let’s go back to the late ’70s and the fantastic funk/soul sounds of the Average White Band. In our opinion, there are three main reasons to again showcase the magic of these legendary Scottish funksters. First and foremost, AWB had strong songwriting skills and tight musicianship to support the stellar voices of Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart. They, along with their gifted bandmates, made Average White Band one of the top R&B weapons of the era. Secondly, the most important parts of the AWB catalogue were handled by iconic producers like the late Arif Mardin and the young and ridiculously talented David Foster. And third, the recent release of a spectacular box-set entitled “All The Pieces: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2003.”

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Nov 022014


written by David Foster & Brenda Russell

“It’s Something,” aka “Something,” was a tasteful pop ditty that was co-written in the early eighties by David Foster and singer/songwriter Brenda Russell for Russell’s 1983 album “Two Eyes.” Through the years, this breezy, mid-tempo gem has been covered by an assortment of singers including Leslie Smith, Donna Washington and the exceptionally gifted Lalah Hathaway on Hathaway’s 1990 debut cd. “Something” was the last single released from Hathaway’s cd and it made it to #21 on the R&B chart.

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Oct 262014


written by Don Dubose & Joseph Richards

“Nobody Knows” is a wonderful ballad that was released by r&b singer Tony Rich on his 1996 debut album “Words.” This song became a worldwide pop/r&b hit and sold over one million copies in the US alone. Later that year, “Nobody Knows” also triumphed on the country charts by reaching #1 for four weeks with a beautiful cover by the late, talented singer Kevin Sharp. “Nobody Knows” belongs to the elite of catchy songs that were recorded for a specific music genre yet crossed over with great success to another music style with perfectly crafted renditions by different singers.

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Oct 192014


written by Brian Wilson & Tony Asher

In 1985, David Foster and Bryan Adams first collaborated on the famous charity song, “Tears Are Not Enough.” These two Canadian treasures would later touch base when Adams sang on Foster’s 1991 ” River Of Love ” cd and when Adams and Barbra Streisand sang together on the 1996 “I Finally Found Someone,” a duet produced by Foster. Fast forward to a couple of years ago. Foster approached the legendary rocker with a project he thought would be perfect for his friend. The idea was to record a bunch of covers of hits from the sixties and the seventies, songs that Adams loved back in his teenage years.

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Oct 122014


written by David Foster

The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics brought us “Winter Games,” one of David Foster’s most famous compositions and an enthralling instrumental theme. That year, “Winter Games” became a hit in Canada , a #28 Adult Contemporary hit in the US and a minor entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 at #85. “Winter Games” has a catchy, rousing atmosphere that caught the attention of famed arranger/band leader Chris Walden.

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Oct 052014


written by Diane Warren

Edwin McCain is an American pop/rock singer/songwriter and guitar player. Around the end of the nineties, McCain, scored two solid Top 40/Adult Contemporary hit singles with “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” Both songs were produced by Matt Serletic and were intense power ballads with rock overtones. “I’ll Be” was written by the singer while “I Could Not Ask For More” was delivered by supreme tunesmith Diane Warren. “I Could Not Ask For More” was also included on the soundtrack of the 1999 Kevin Costner movie, “Message In A Bottle.”

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Sep 282014


written by David Foster & Leah Felder

This week, we look back at Renee Olstead’s sophomore release, “Skylark.” Again, the young pop-jazz singer/actress teamed up with the legendary David Foster who masterfully produced her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut cd in 2004. The birth of “Skylark” was a bit troubled. Foster and Olstead started the sessions around the end of 2005 and worked hard for a couple years on the project. Together, they recorded many standards and original songs, but saw several changes to the tracklist before it met the approval of Reprise Records who finally released the cd on January 27, 2009.

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