David Walter Foster OC OBC is a Canadian American musician, composer, arranger, record producer, and music executive. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations. He was the chairman of Verve Records from 2012 to 2016. Foster was a major contributor to the 1979 Earth, Wind and Fire album I Am.
About David Foster in brief
David Walter Foster OC OBC is a Canadian American musician, composer, arranger, record producer, and music executive. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations. He was the chairman of Verve Records from 2012 to 2016. Foster was a major contributor to the 1979 Earth, Wind and Fire album I Am, as a studio player and arranger. He worked as an album producer on albums for The Tubes: 1981’s The Completion Backward Principle and 1983’s Outside Inside. Foster cowrote such songs as \”Talk to Ya Later\”, co-written with Tubes singer Fee Waybill and Steve Lukather from Toto, the Top 40 hit \”Don’t Want to Wait Anymore,\” and the number 10 US hit \”She’s a Beauty\”. He also worked with country singer Kenny Rogers on the hit albums What About Me? and The Heart of the Matter, the latter of which featured \”The Best of Me\” a song co- Written by Richard Marx that was covered by Cliff Richard in 1989. Foster composed the score for the film St. Elmo’s Fire, including the instrumental \”Love from St. Elmo’s Fire”, which hit No. 15 on the US pop charts. In 1985, Rolling Stone magazine named Foster the “master of… bombastic pop kitsch’”. He has collaborated with Michael J. Fox, Linda-wife Linda, and Jodie Harmon. Foster-penned both albums of Stealing Home, both of which spawned the soundtrack of the film The Secret of My Success, which featured a song by Roger Daltrey titled ‘The Secret of Love’.
He also produced the soundtrack to the film See the Movie, which he also produced, which also spawned the album The Secret Of My Success. He is the son of Maurice Foster, a maintenance yard superintendent, and Eleanor May Foster,. a homemaker. In 1963, at the age of 13, he enrolled in the University of Washington music program. In 1966, he joined a backup band for Chuck Berry. In 1974, he moved to Los Angeles with his band Skylark. In 1976 Foster joined Guthrie Thomas on Thomas’ second Capitol Records album, Lies and Alibis, with Ringo Starr and a host of many other famed performers. In 1975, he played on George Harrison’s album Extra Texture. He followed that up by playing the Fender Rhodes and clavinet onarrison’s album Thirty Three & 13 a year later. In the early 1980s, Foster worked as the band’s producer on Chicago 16, their biggest-selling multi-platinum album Chicago 17, and Chicago 18. As was typical of his producing projects from this time period, he was a cowriter on songs such as the US Chart No. 1 hit \”Hard to Say I’m Sorry\”, \”Love Me Tomorrow\” and \”Stay the Night\” Foster also helped Cetera co-write his US No. 1 solo hit \”Glory of Love\” in 1986.