David Foster

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David Walter Foster , OC , OBC (born November 1, 1949 in Victoria , British Columbia ) is a Canadian songwriter , producer and composer . He is a 16-time Grammy winner and has been nominated 47 times.


David Foster was born in Victoria in 1949 to Maurice and Eleanor Foster.

In 1991 he married Linda Thompson , with whom he wrote many songs (including for the film The Bodyguard , also some songs for the artists supervised by Foster). It was Thompson's second marriage; with her ex-husband, the athlete Bruce Jenner , she has sons Brody and Brandon Jenner. The marriage ended after the shooting for the series "The Princes of Malibu", which ran on US TV, ended. Foster was married to Yolanda Foster, mother of Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid , until 2015 .

His daughters are the actresses Erin and Sara Foster and Amy Foster-Gillies, who co-wrote Michael Bublé's hits “Everything” and “Home” and Josh Groban's “Home To Stay”, and Allison and Jordan Foster. Daughter Sara has been in a relationship with German tennis professional Tommy Haas since 2006 .


Foster wrote and / or produced the number 1 hits for the following artists, among others:

In the 1980s, Foster himself became very involved in the genre of film music and his soundtracks for Ghostbusters and Footloose were awarded platinum. The "Love Theme" he composed from the film St. Elmos Fire also made him famous worldwide, and his song I Have Nothing from the film "The Bodyguard" was nominated for an Oscar .


Foster produced the debut CDs for Josh Groban, Renee Olstead , The Corrs and Michael Bublé. He was also noted as an "executive producer" on John Stevens' first album, "Red". He also wrote the official song for the 1996 Olympic Games "The Power Of The Dream" (sung by Celine Dion) with his then wife Linda Thompson and for the 1988 Winter Games "Winter Games (Cant 'You Feel It)" and 2002 ( "Light the fire within" sung by Leann Rimes).

David Foster is also the producer, pianist and discoverer of Canadian jazz singer Michael Bublé . He produced the first head album of the “singing sensation” of the new swing together with Humberto Gatica, Johnny Mandel and Paul Anka .

Josh Groban was hired by Foster in 1998 when he was looking for a singer for the Governor of California's inauguration ceremony and Groban sent him demo material.


As a keyboardist , Foster had the hit 'Wildflower' with the band Skylark in 1972 , which was number 1 in the Canadian charts.

The group initially consisted of singer BJ Cook, Foster, guitarist Doug Edwards, drummer Duris Maxwell, percussion player Carl Graves, singer Donny Gerrard and bassist Steven Pugsley. However, the members changed more often; Kat Hendricks, Brian Hilton, Allan Mix, John Verner and Norman McPherson were also part of the group during the band years.


  • three Grammys for Producer of the Year, a total of 16 Grammy Awards and 47 nominations
  • Emmy for compositions from the concert for World Children's Day
  • BMI Songwriter of the Year
  • Golden Globe for The Prayer (Josh Groban in duet with Charlotte Church)
  • Induced into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1998


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1986 David Foster US195 (3 weeks)
First published: June 1986
1988 The Symphony Sessions US111 (8 weeks)
First published: February 1988
1993 The Christmas Album US48 (5 weeks)
First published: December 1993
2008 Hit Man: David Foster & Friends US46 (22 weeks)
First published: November 2008
2011 Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends US108 (3 weeks)
First published: March 2011

more publishments

  • 1972: Skylark
  • 1974: Skylark 2
  • 1980: Airplay
  • 1985: The Best of Me
  • 1989: Time Passing
  • 1990: River of Love
  • 1991: Rechordings
  • 1992: A Touch Of David Foster
  • 1994: Love Lights The World
  • 1996: A Touch of China
  • 2000: The Best Of Me: A Collection of David Foster's Greatest Works
  • 2002: Love Stories
  • 2010: The Magic of David Foster & Friends
  • 2012: The Best of Celine Dion & David Foster (with Celine Dion )
  • 2015: The Many Sides of David Foster
  • 2019: An Intimate Evening with David Foster
  • 2020: Eleven Words


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1985 Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire
St. Elmo's Fire (OST)
US15 (22 weeks)
First published: August 1985
1986 The Best of Me
David Foster
US80 (8 weeks)
First published: June 1986
with Olivia Newton-John
1988 Winter Games
Time Passing
US85 (3 weeks)
First published: February 1988

More singles

  • 1986: Who's Gonna Love You Tonight
  • 1991: River of Love
  • 2001: O Canada (with Lara Fabian )
  • 2003: Teko's Theme (with Nita Whitaker)

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : David Foster  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Canadian Music Hall of Fame - Inductees. Canadian Music Hall of Fame , accessed August 6, 2017 .
  2. a b Chart sources: US