with the Naples Philharmonic
Known through the songs he’s written for others and for the talents he’s developed (such as Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, David Foster is one of the music industry’s most prolific and successful recording artists, composers, arrangers and producers. Last year, Foster wowed his Artis—Naples audience when he visited with his band and some friends. This year, he returns to Hayes Hall for an even bigger performance — this time alongside the Naples Philharmonic.
“I believe that everyone gets three rounds in their life,” says musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer and recording artist David Foster. “For me, two are completed and I’m on to Round Three. I think you have to change it up every round. My mantra is retreat and attack in another direction, which I’ve done twice. Now I'm going to do it again.”
For his remarkable work, Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three for Producer of the Year, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and racked up three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song.” He has also earned a reputation as a keen spotter of new talent, playing a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.
It’s not surprising that Foster became a consummate performer. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he began studying piano at age four. As the story goes, his mother was dusting the family piano, hit one of the keys, and was shocked when David correctly called out, “That’s an E!” thus discovering he had perfect pitch. The son of a maintenance yard superintendent and a homemaker, Foster has chronicled his life in the highly regarded, best-selling autobiography, Hit Man.
Foster has also been rewarded with professional honors, including being inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2002, The Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2007, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the U.S., also in 2010. In 2013, Foster received his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Reflecting upon receiving a star on the Walk of Fame, Foster says, “100 years from now, my great-grandchildren will go, ‘Hey, there’s my great-grandpa,’ and having a star next to The Beatles… outside the building where I first got signed… that’s perfect.”