Dec 272015
 

From THESE ARE SPECIAL TIMES

Written by Diane Warren

Celine Dion built her superstar status in the nineties and the peak of her worldwide success was towards the end of that decade. After an impressive string of four multi-platinum releases for the international market, the Quebecois songbird recorded a Christmas cd in 1998 called These Are  Special Times. Once again, David Foster helmed a good portion of the music. The album became another out-of-the-box success for Dion with sales over five million copies in the US and over twelve million worldwide.
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Dec 202015
 

From THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

David Foster released his celebrated seasonal cd, The Christmas Album, in 1993. This cd was a gorgeous collection that immediately became a holiday staple. The multiple Grammy-winning Canadian super-producer “fosterized” a number of yuletide classics including “Carol Of The Bells,” “O Holy Night,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” and “White Christmas.” Foster gathered some of his superstar friends such as Celine Dion, Tom Jones, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis and Wynonna to sing the meticulously crafted material.
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Dec 132015
 

From FLAME
Written by Sandy Knox & Billy Stritch

Patti Labelle is one of the true soul/R&B divas of our times. Her distinctive voice reaches the sky with amazing control and unique power. Her successful career has spanned over fifty years and Ms. Labelle’s soprano voice is still as consistent and impressive today as it was in the beginning. The legendary singer crossed paths with David Foster for her 1997 gold-certified release Flame. The Canadian super-producer crafted two ballads on that Grammy-nominated cd. “You Are My Solid Ground” was co-written by Foster with then-wife Linda Thompson.
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Dec 062015
 

From VOX HUMANA
Written by David Foster, Kenny Loggins & Eva Ein Loggins

 

David Foster’s long collaboration with singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins resulted in a string of solid pop/adult contemporary hits including “Heart To Heart,” “Forever,” “I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)” and “The Real Thing.” All were co-written and/or produced by the Canadian Hitman. “Loraine” was also co-written by the two legendary music-makers and included on Loggins’ Vox Humana album. Although it was overlooked as a single, it had the potential and catchiness to become another hit single like those aforementioned. “Loraine,” the Song of the Week, was a pop/funk, mid-tempo jam that sported an irresistible groove, infectious melody and memorable refrain.
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Dec 022015
 

From CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE
Written by Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen is a true Canadian icon and one of the most gifted and influential singers/songwriters of the past fifty years. This Quebecois legend was inducted in 2008 at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and is also a renowned poet, novelist and painter. In 1988, Cohen released the critically-praised I’m Your Man album that had gems including “First We Take Manhattan,” “ Tower Of Song ,” “Everybody Knows” and the title track, “I’m Your Man.” This last composition sported some sensual, almost lustful, lyrics whispered by Cohen on a carpet of synthesizers and programmed drums. Continue reading »

Nov 222015
 

From SO CLOSE
Written by David Foster, Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins

Thierry Condor is a talented Swiss singer who recently became a fixture in the refined circle of the West Coast pop music world. Blessed with an extremely distinctive tenor, Condor crossed paths with his compatriot and gifted producer/arranger Urs Wiesendanger. At the dawn of the new millennium, Condor was asked to sing on two of Wiesendanger’s projects, The Real Me and Somebody New.  Subsequently, when Condor released his impressive 2013 debut cd, Stuff Like That, Wiesendanger was the wizard behind the glass.

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Nov 152015
 

From ALL DRESSED UP
Written by David Roberts

In 1982, Canadian singer/songwriter David Roberts released his debut album entitled All Dressed Up. Produced by supreme music-maker Greg Mathieson, All Dressed Up was one of those obscure pop recordings that presented such a superior musical quality that deserved far better luck on the charts and radio. The noteworthy level of Roberts’ compositions and top-notch value of the production was on the same wavelength, in terms of catchiness and craft, of platinum sellers like Christopher Cross and Toto IV. Every time All Dressed Up graces our ears, we can’t help but wonder why it didn’t take the American charts by storm. Roberts’ endeavor included the pop/rock gems “Too Good To Last” and “Someone Like You” that had perfect melodic appeal and fantastic musicianship courtesy of Toto guys including the late Jeff and Mike Porcaro on drums and bass, Steve Lukather on guitar and producer Mathieson on various keyboards. Roberts gave solid and effective vocals throughout the album, especially on the two gorgeous love ballads “Midnight Rendez-Vous” and “Another World.”

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