D A V I D F O S T E R NAMED
"PERSON OF THE YEAR" at MIDEM 2001
by Barbara McMillen
Award-winning songwriter, visionary producer, gifted arranger, prolific composer and accomplished musician, David Foster, will receive the “Nesuhi Ertegun Person of the Year” Trophy at MIDEM, on Tuesday, 23 January 2001 in Cannes, France before a prestigeous audience of top international music industry executives. The Irish band and contemporary pop phenomena, The Corrs, who are nominees for the Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the "Breathless" track from the album, "In Blue" will perform at the event. Foster will be the eighth person to receive the prestigious international accolade that was created (and first presented to Mr. Ertegun) in 1989 to recognise outstanding music industry figures, and honour their lifetime of achievement. To the present, the honor has been conferred on Quincy Jones, Jan Timmer, Jean-Loup Tournier, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Frances W. Preston, and Eduardo Bautista.
“David Foster is an exceptional artist and music industry executive. He has consistently contributed his talent and flair to the work of
hundreds of artists and musicians, including some of the world’s greatest vocalists”, said Xavier Roy, Chief Executive, REED MIDEM ORGANISATION, "he continues, to enrich the music community with his creativity and prowess".
Foster, says of his nomination, "MIDEM is the Rolls Royce of all music events on this planet. I read about it as a teenager, dreamt of being at it when I couldn’t pay my rent and now gratefully, respectfully and excitedly accept this honour in 2001. The past honourees prove that I am in great company and the evening promises to be a memorable one for two main reasons, neither of which is my receiving this award. Firstly, it’s the only time and place throughout the year when all the great music makers from around the globe gather in one place and, secondly, we will be treated to a wonderful musical performance by one of the greatest international bands of our time,143/Atlantic recording sensation, The Corrs. Enjoy!”
A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner (including the coveted Producer of the Year award no less than three times) with an unprecedented 42 nominations to his credit, David Foster, is among the most commercially successful producers and composers in all of contemporary pop music. He has lent his signature sweeping, power ballad aesthetic to smash hits from Celine Dion, Chicago and Whitney Houston and has, in the process, virtually defined the adult contemporary format.
Foster began his career in music with piano lessons at the age of 5 in his native Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and eight years later, he enrolled as a student in the University of Washington’s music program. He began his professional career when he was16 as a member of Chuck Berry’s backing band. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1971 with his group Skylark, he scored a major hit the following year with the single “Wildflower”. Throughout the early ‘70s he built a solid reputation as one of the best session keyboard players in the business, performing with such greats as John Lennon, Diana Ross, George Harrison, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart.
Eager to expand further on his own songwriting and producing, Foster
turned to outside projects, writing and producing hits for Hall & Oats,
Boz Scaggs and the Average White Band, among many others. In 1979, he received his first Grammy Award for writing “After The Love Has Gone”, recorded Earth, Wind & Fire.
Foster’s writing and producing credits expanded to include such superstars as Michael Jackson; Paul McCartney, Lionel Ritchie, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, The Manhattan Transfer, Olivia Newton-John, James Ingram, The Pointer Sisters, Art Garfunkel, Roger Daltrey, Al Jarreau and many others.
Atlantic Records, caught drift of his outstanding and multi-faceted talents and recruited him as Vice President in 1994 and less than a year later, Foster established his first recording label, 143 Records, which was distributed through Atlantic. In 1997, Foster was promoted to Senior Vice President of Warner Music Group and Chairman of 143 Records, which was expanded to become a joint venture between Foster and the music group. Success was fast coming when the fledgling label broke Ireland’s pop act, The Corrs, who have combined worldwide sales of almost twenty million albums. The label also launched Country sensation Kevin Sharp, whose critically acclaimed debut album, sold nearly one million copies. Also rising fast is the label’s Christian/Pop group, Plus One, with two #1 hit singles and record-breaking success in that genre. With this string of hit records and a host of promising new releases on the horizon, 143 Records has gone on to become one of the most dynamic new labels to emerge in recent years.
Today Foster enjoys continued success with hits such as “It’s Your Song” (Garth Brooks), “Have You Ever” (Brandy) and “Tell Him” (Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand). He has recently worked with ‘N Sync (featuring Gloria Estefan), Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Dru Hill, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Lace, Laura Pausini, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Monica and Madonna.
Despite multiple ongoing projects, he still finds time to pursue a solo career (releasing albums for Atlantic Records) in addition to collecting numerous awards and nominations and he frequently lends his musical skills to charitable foundations and organisations.
A long time advocate of children and their rights, Foster established the David Foster Foundation to assist families of children in need of organ transplants. To date the foundation has raised several million dollars and assisted numerous children throughout North America. To aid African famine relief he co-wrote “Tears Are Not Enough” with fellow Canadian Bryan Adams, in addition he produced and wrote the music to his wife Linda’s lyrics for “Voices That Care”, which to has already donated over one million dollars to the Red Cross and U.S.O. of America.
MIDEM, the world's leading music market, convenes in beautiful Cannes,France January 21 - 26 for 5 dynamic days of trade-show, showcases &conferences. Unequalled for the quality, quantity and intensity of international business it generates, Midem has set a world-wide standard in traditional and online music business. www.midem.comR*
Texas Music Magazine Vol. 10 No. 1 January 2001 David Foster has produced over
50 top 40 hits
Best Rhythm & Blues Song : "After the Love is Gone" Earth Wind & Fire
Best Cast Show Album :
"Dreamgirls" - Henry Krieger (as producer)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompaying Vocal(s) : "Hard Habit To Break" - Chicago
Producer of the Year (non-classical)(tie) - tie with Lionel Richie & J.A. Carmichael
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompaying Vocal(s) :
"Somewhere" (from "The Broadway Album")
Record of the Year :
"Unforgettable" Natalie & Nat King Cole
Album of the Year :
"Unforgettable" Natalie Cole
Producer of the Year (non-classical)
Record of the Year :
"I will always love you" Whitney Houston
Album of the Year :
"The Bodyguard (Original soundtrack)"
Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompaying Vocal(s) "When I Fall In Love (Theme from "Sleepless in Seattle" soundtrack) Celine Dion & Clive Griffin
Producer of the Year (non-classical)
Album Of The Year : "Falling Into You"
Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocal(s) "When I Fall in Love"
(Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole)
"Hard To Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago,
"I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston,
"After The Love Is Gone" by Earth, Wind & Fire,
"Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera
"You'll See" and "One More Chance" by Madonna.
- Texas Music Group
- Texas Music Magazine
- Foster Grammy Chart
- 143 Records
- Database of David Foster
- David Foster Foundation davidfoster-foundation.com & dfkids.org/
- The Unofficial David Foster Homepage
- Foster chat archive
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