Producer/songwriter David Foster
is a 14-time Grammy Award winner with an unprecedented 43 nominations. Foster entered the music scene in 1973 and quickly established himself as one of the industry's premier keyboardists, and became one of the most sought-after session musicians.
During that time, he performed alongside such musical titans as John Lennon, Diana Ross, George Harrison, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. As the '70s came to a close, session work made way for writing and producing. His first hits as a writer included Earth, Wind and Fire's "After The Love Has Gone" (his first Grammy) and the still popular "Got to Be Real."
Throughout the '80s, Foster produced and wrote several No. 1 singles including Chicago's "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" (Summer Lovers soundtrack), "The Glory of Love" (Karate Kid Part II soundtrack), and John Parr's "Man in Motion" (St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack).
Foster also produced platinum-plus selling songs on soundtracks for Ghostbusters and Footloose. In addition, he also wrote and/or produced hits for Alice Cooper, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs and Olivia Newton-John. The '80s also saw Foster take the then struggling band Chicago to an all-time high in record sales and popularity with Chicago 16, 17 and 18.
In 1993, Foster was named Billboard Magazine's "Top Singles Producer" and "Top R&B Producer." He was also the year's top Grammy nominee with seven nominations, taking home his third "Producer of the Year" award for The Bodyguard soundtrack.
In the '90s, Foster's producing credits included Celine Dion's first No. 1 hit "The Power of Love" and songs on such albums as her Grammy Award-winning "Falling Into You," which spawned his two hit singles, "Because You Loved Me" and "To Love You More."
He also produced Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable", Brandy's No. 1 single "Have You Ever", Gloria Estefan and N'Sync's song "Music of My Heart" and Barbara Streisand's "Somewhere" from her "Broadway" album and the entire "Back to Broadway" album.
From 1994-1997, four of his productions -- "Unbreak My Heart" (Toni Braxton), "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston), "I Swear" (All-4-One), "Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion) -- each reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart where they remained for a total of 42 weeks. This translated to holding down the coveted No. 1 spot for an unprecedented 20 percent of a 4-year period.
Foster's entrepreneurial spirit and artist-driven success caught the attention of Atlantic Records' brass, who recruited him as vice president in 1994. Foster later founded 143 Records, a joint venture with the Time Warner Corporation, which has recruited a roster of diverse and exceptional talents, closing out the '90s by signing the Irish singing group The Corrs, (selling an astounding 30 million records), Christian Pop sensations Plus One, platinum selling country artist Kevin Sharp and the Popstars television show.
The new millennium has brought a new David Foster, concentrating now on the next batch of superstars. His 143 records, now with Warner Bros, signed young pop sensation Josh Groban, whose two albums combined have sold 13 million copies, the modern day crooner, Michael Buble, in the style of Darin, Sinatra and Torme, selling over 3 million copies and 15 year-old Diva, Renee Olstead, whose debut album is getting critical acclaim everywhere.
During this time, he also wrote and produced the Golden Globe winning song "The Prayer" for Celine Dion and Andre Bocelli, produced the Moulin Rouge Nicole Kidman duet "Come What May" and produced Celine's new multi-platinum album Miracle -- a collaboration with world renowned photographer Anne Geddes. 2005 brought more excitement to the Foster camp. Released Feb. 8, Michael Buble's sophomore album, "It's Time", debuted at No. 7 in the Top 200 Billboard Charts in America and entered the charts at No. 1 in 8 countries, selling a staggering 600,000 copies worldwide in its first week.
With a commitment to give back, David Foster has been a prominent and tireless supporter of the philanthropic community. He has lent his musical skills to many charitable foundations and organizations such as the Andre Agassi Foundation, Race to Erase MS, Muhammad Ali's Fight Night Foundation, CapCure Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, Malibu High School Scholarship Program, The Carousel Ball and Cedars-Sinai Research for Women's Cancer, amongst many others.
In fact, David has donated his time and talent hosting, being Musical Director, and putting together shows for over 150 charity evenings over the last ten years. David, being a long time champion of children and advocate of their rights, established the David Foster Foundation in 1986 to assist families of children in need of organ transplants. To date, the foundation has raised several million dollars and assisted numerous children throughout Western Canada.
With a half-billion dollars in record sales, 14 Grammys, a Golden Globe, 7 Juno awards, 3 Oscar nominations and a 2004 Emmy for best song in a TV special, there seems to be much more to come for this man and his music.