Jun 252017
 

from FIRST IN LINE

written by Randy Sharp

First-class songwriter Randy Sharp scored several hits on Country charts with artists including Restless Heart, Exile, Alabama , Dixie Chicks and Clay Walker. His songs have also been recorded by other country and pop legends including Blood, Sweat & Tears, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Anne Murray and Glen Campbell.

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Jun 182017
 

from SINGLE

written by David Foster & Bill Champlin

William Bradford Champlin, better known as Bill Champlin, is an extraordinary singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Oakland , California . Champlin is a frequent name on this webpage for his long and successful partnership with David Foster and he has been the subject of many past reviews. Foster produced the singer’s first and second solo albums respectively titled Single and Runaway.

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Jun 112017
 

from ENJOY THE SILENCE (single)

written by Martin Lee Gore

The forthcoming cd by Italian/French singer/songwriter and former supermodel Carla Bruni is the final project that David Foster produced during his tenure as head of Verve Records. Ms. Bruni is the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The cd was recorded last year between Paris and Los Angeles. Ms. Bruni and Foster carefully picked a number of covers that will be the core of their collaboration. French Touch, as the cd is called, is scheduled for release on Friday, Oct. 6. This new collection was anticipated in May by the release of its first single, “Enjoy The Silence.”

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Jun 042017
 

from IF MY HEART HAD WINGS

written by David Foster, Linda Thompson & Keith Thomas

Melissa Manchester is a singer/songwriter who is a prominent figure in the traditional pop/adult contemporary music scene since the mid-seventies. This talented songbird’s many accolades include two 1979 Oscar nods for “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “I’ll Never Say Goodbye” and a 1982 Grammy Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award for her hit, “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Ms. Manchester had a string of Top Ten Pop/AC hits including “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Just You and I.”

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May 282017
 

from EVEN IF MY HEART WOULD BREAK (single)

written by Franne Golde & Adrian Gurvitz

Like him or not, sax superstar Kenny Gorelick, better known as Kenny G, is the all-time best seller in the instrumental pop/contemporary jazz arena. His overall sales exceeded an astonishing 75 million records worldwide. In 1992, the Seattle-born instrumentalist released his Breathless cd that went on to sell over 12 million copies in the US and 15 million worldwide. A large part of that cd was produced by Gorelick with a few selected tracks helmed by David Foster and Walter Afanasieff. The Hitman with Afanasieff co-produced the two vocal numbers; “By The Time This Night Is Over” with r&b star Peabo Bryson and “Even If My Heart Would Break” featuring the unmistakable voice of Aaron Neville of Neville Brothers fame. The first song is the subject of a past review and became a solid, multi-format hit.

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May 212017
 

from EASY TO LOVE AGAIN/WILD AGAIN (single)

written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager

In the first half of the eighties, the songwriting collaboration between legendary composer Burt Bacharach and his then-wife and supreme lyricist Carole Bayer Sager blossomed to brilliant levels. In previous decades, both enjoyed a great deal of success with their individual works. Mr. Bacharach had a golden partnership with the late Hal David (May 25, 1921 to September 1, 2012) that resulted in dozens of much-loved evergreens and chart toppers while Ms. Sager’s lyrics graced a multitude of top ten hits.

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May 142017
 

from LIVE

written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen

In 1984, veteran superstar Johnny Mathis released a new record simply titled Live. Recorded in London the previous year, Live presented a nice selection of Mathis’ evergreens like “The Twelfth Of Never,” “Misty,” “Chances Are” and “A Certain Smile.” A smart twist to the tracks was given with the inclusion of well-dosed covers of modern pop songs like Kenny Loggins’ “I Believe In Love,” Albert Hammond’s “99 Miles From L.A.” and the late Peter Allen’s (February 10, 1944 to June 18, 1992) “Fly Away.” The classy production by Denny Diante enriched the sound with deluxe arrangements courtesy of the gifted pens of the late Eugene “Gene” Page (September 13, 1939 to August 24, 1998) and Michel Colombier (May 23, 1939 to November 14, 2004) plus Mathis’ band members Larry Steelman and Gil Reigers. Allen’s “Fly Away” was co-written by Allen with David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager and was one of the highlights of Live.

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