May 282017


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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Nov 272016

Written by Diane Warren

Sung by the unforgettable Natalie Cole, “A Smile Like Yours” was the title-track on the original soundtrack of the 1997 romantic comedy starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly. “A Smile Like Yours” was written by the amazing Diane Warren and produced by Walter Afanasieff and David Foster. Those two giant hit-makers were great friends with a deep, mutual respect.

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May 172015

Written by David Foster, Walter Afanasieff & Lucio Quarantotto

The fall 2001 release of Josh Groban was the introduction of the Los Angeles-born baritone to the music world. David Foster crafted the now-classic release that beautifully showcased Groban’s terrific vocal talent. Yet, Warner Bros., the owner’s of the Reprise label that Josh Groban was on, showed hesitation to sign the future superstar. Warner was unsure that the young Groban’s voice and music style would become winners on the charts and radio.

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May 262013


written by Michael Bolton, Diane Warren & Andy Goldmark

Between the Eighties and the Nineties, saxophone sensation Kenny Gorelick, better known as Kenny G, quickly became the most important name in smooth jazz with platinum plus sales, hit singles, Grammy wins and sold-out tours. The pinnacle of his popularity was reached in 1992 with the release of his album, “Breathless.” It was a well conceived collection of mostly pop instrumentals that showcased his tasteful playing and good songwriting skills. “Breathless” went on to be certified twelve times platinum, thus becoming one of the all-time best sellers in popular music.

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Apr 052009

Written by David Foster & Kenny Loggins

The summer of 1997 saw the release of Kenny Loggins’ new album entitled “The Unimaginable Life.” This album is a delightful musical journey into the most elegant acoustic pop/soul sound with jazzy echoes while lyrically it’s a (sappy) celebration of Loggins’ newly found love. Continue reading »