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David Foster

During the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s, David Foster was among the most commercially successful producers and composers in all of popular music, lending his signature sweeping power ballad aesthetic to smash hits from Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Josh Groban while virtually defining the adult contemporary format. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Foster began studying piano at the age of five and enrolled in the University of Washington's music program eight years later. He joined Chuck Berry's backing band as a 16-year-old and relocated to Los Angeles in 1971 with his group Skylark, scoring a major hit the following year with the single "Wildflower." Foster also became a sought-after session keyboardist, appearing on recordings from superstars including John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, and Rod Stewart. Foster's production career began when he helmed the 1976 eponymous debut from his own group, Attitudes. He soon turned to outside projects as well, writing and producing material for Hall & Oates, Deniece Williams, Carole Bayer Sager, Boz Scaggs, and the Average White Band. In 1979, he earned his first Grammy Award for penning Earth, Wind and Fire's "After the Love Has Gone." From there, Foster's career exploded, and he was soon writing and producing for artists like Kenny Rogers, the Tubes, and Kenny Loggins. In 1982, he won a second Grammy for producing the original cast album to the Broadway hit Dreamgirls; he also composed and produced Chicago's hit "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," followed in 1983 by work on Lionel Richie's blockbuster Can't Slow Down. With 1984's Chicago 17, Foster scored his greatest success to date, with the smash single "Hard Habit to Break" earning him a Grammy for Producer of the Year. A year later, Foster wrote and produced John Parr's hit "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," and in 1986 he reunited with Chicago -- not only for their 18 LP, which launched the hit "Will You Still Love Me," but also with the group's singer, Peter Cetera, for whom he wrote the chart-topping "The Glory of Love." By now Foster was among the most successful producers in pop. Though reviled by critics, his work was enormously successful on the charts, with dozens of Top 40 hits attributed to his name. However, he was atypically quiet during the latter half of the 1980s, most notably teaming with Neil Diamond on his 1988 album The Best Years of Our Lives and working on a variety of film projects and one-off studio dates. In 1990, Foster began his collaboration with Celine Dion, writing and producing material for her Unison album and generating the hit "Have a Heart." A year later, he teamed with Natalie Cole for her mega-hit Unforgettable and won three more Grammys: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year. In 1992, Foster collaborated with Whitney Houston on the multi-platinum soundtrack to her hit film The Bodyguard, which netted him another Album of the Year Grammy at the following year's award ceremony, with the blockbuster single "I Will Always Love You" also winning Record of the Year. Again, he took home Producer of the Year honors as well; additionally, "When I Fall in Love," the theme to Sleepless in Seattle performed by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin, garnered Foster another trophy as arranger. For Dion, he next produced 1993's The Colour of My Love, which spawned the smash "The Power of Love," and a year later, he helmed All-4-One's I Swear. With Dion's 1996 Falling into You, Foster again took home the Album of the Year Grammy; the blockbuster Because You Loved Me, whose title track was the theme song for the romantic drama Up Close & Personal, was also a nominee in the Record of the Year category. A major hit from that same year was Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart." David Foster's accolades stretched into the 21st century, when he helped launch the multi-platinum careers of two male crooners: Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. He continued releasing his own material, too, having issued over ten albums since the early '80s. Foster toured as well, often employing a collaborative "Foster and friends" approach for his performances. That approach was captured on The Hit Man Returns, a live album taken from a 2010 concert that featured guest performances by Seal, Martina McBride, Donna Summer, and more than ten other artists with whom Foster had previously worked. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Stations Featuring
David Foster

    Pop Holiday

    Pop Holiday
    2 songs

    Lite Piano

    Lite Piano
    1 song

    Oldies Holiday

    Oldies Holiday
    1 song

Albums by
David Foster

Top Songs by
David Foster

  1.   Song
  2.   Grown-Up Christmas List
  3.   Carol of the Bells
  4.   Blue Christmas by Wynonna Judd
  5.   Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
  6.   Water Fountain
  7.   Georgetown
  8.   Freedom
  9.   Morming to Morning
  10.   St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)
  11.   Time Passing
  12.   Who's Gonna Love You Tonight
  13.   The Best of Me
  14.   Home Movies
  15.   Love, Look What You've Done to Me
  16.   Through the Fire by Reneé Olstead
  17.   Just Out of Reach
  18.   Winter Games
  19.   Conscience
  20.   Piano Concerto in G
  21.   Sajé
  22.   Katie's Theme
  23.   Who's Holding Donna Now?
  24.   Glory of Love
  25.   Movie Montage
  26.   White Christmas featuring BeBe & CeCe Winans
  27.   Tapdance
  28.   Stealing Home
  29.   Walkaway
  30.   River of Love
  31.   You're the Voice
  32.   Voices That Care
  33.   Hate My Mom
  34.   Anxiety
  35.   Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
  36.   The Prayer featuring Andrea Bocelli
  37.   Bridge Over Troubled Water featuring Brian McKnight
  38.   And When She Danced (Love Theme from Stealing Home) by Marilyn Martin
  39.   The First Noel featuring BeBe Winans
  40.   I'll Be Home for Christmas featuring Peabo Bryson
  41.   Elizabeth
  42.   All That My Heart Can Hold
  43.   Flight of the Snowbirds
  44.   Looking Through Your Eyes
  45.   Inside You
  46.   One Step Closer
  47.   All I Ever Needed
  48.   We've Got Tonight by Martina McBride
  49.   We Were So Close
  50.   Hard to Say I'm Sorry
  51.   Firedance
  52.   Theme from The Color Purple (Mailbox/Proud Theme)
  53.   This Must Be Love
  54.   You're the Inspiration
  55.   The Ballet
  56.   Playing With Fire
  57.   After the Love Has Gone
  58.   Is There a Chance
  59.   Living for the Moment

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