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

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

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

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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Jul 142019

from ALL-4-ONE
Written by Gary St. Clair & Jamie Jones

All-4-One, the popular American R&B vocal quartet, released its self-titled debut cd in April of 1994. All-4-One, thanks to the David Foster-produced #1 smash ballad, “I Swear,” a previous Song of the Week on this website, went on to sell over four million copies in the US alone.

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Jun 302019

Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau

Chris Walker is a veteran American singer, musician and producer. Walker has worked with many great jazz/R&B artists including a long stint as bass player/vocalist of the late, great Al Jarreau’s (1940-2017) live band.

From the early nineties, Walker released a string of solo albums that gave him a few hit singles on the R&B chart. Walker’s Top Ten hit ballad, “Take Time,” crossed over to Billboard’s Pop and Adult Contemporary charts where it reached #29 and #17 respectively.

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