Diana Krall, “California Dreamin'”: One Track Mind

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If there was ever a song in need a contemplative, tic-free modernization, it’s this one. Bursting with so much innate sadness, the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” is the very sound of longing. Unfortunately, much of the song’s brilliance is lost in an of-its-time production that trapped the group in a tinny echo chamber.

Diana Krall is here to help. Stripping away all of this song’s most dated elements, with the help of a clean and sensitive approach from producer David Foster, she gives “California Dreamin’” back to itself. Then, after reanimating all of that emotion, she adds a perfectly attenuated piano aside — maybe the only hint here that she’s more than a smokey chanteuse...

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Bryan Adams Discusses New Album ‘Tracks Of My Years,’ Miley Cyrus And Two Forgotten Decades

From musictimes.com

By Alex M. Smith
Sep 30, 2014 12:01 PM EDT

Bryan Adams had such an obsessive work ethic early in his career that he’s forgotten entire stretches of the ’80s and ’90s.
“I wish I could be kidding you,” he said in a phone interview on Monday afternoon. “But I don’t actually remember a lot of my career.”
The Canadian singer, responsible for several Top 10 hits including “Summer of ’69” and “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” blames the “volume of work” he went through for his memory loss.

He definitely remembers the ’70s, though. That’s the era from which he culled 12 cover songs for his new album, Tracks of My Years (out Tuesday). The tracklist includes re-imagined songs written by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and The Beatles.
We caught up with the 54-year-old to talk about the...

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David Foster foundation’s gala raises $8.2 million for organ donation patients

From globalnews.ca

By Jenna Freeman Global News

CALGARY- Canadian musician and songwriter David Foster and more than 800 guests attended his foundations gala Saturday night.

Many celebrity guests were among the crowd that walked Calgary’s red carpet, including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Jennifer Hudson and Calgary’s own Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

CNN’s Michaela Pereira emceed the event and was joined by other guests including hockey commentator and former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey, Mrs. Laureen Harper and cast members of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The concert portion of the evening was kicked off by Foster playing the theme song from the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games, which he described as, “the best song he has ever written,” and ended with a spectacular performanc...

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Canadians in Hollywood subject of documentary

From edmontonsun.com


Canadians didn’t invent Hollywood so much as infiltrate it.

According to David Foster, and there’s hard evidence to back him up, there is a “disproportionate” number of Canadian artists helping to shape American pop culture, particularly in comedy — and getting paid very well for it. The Sultan of Schmaltz is just one of a number of celebrity subjects in the documentary Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood, making its Canadian premiere Monday, Sept. 29 as part of the Edmonton International Film Festival. The film is directed by former Edmontonians Leslie Bland and Ian Ferguson.

Foster, a Victoria native who’s lived in Los Angeles for the last 40 years, doesn’t quite buy the “Canada-i...

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Bryan Adams goes down memory lane with ‘Tracks of My Years’


From jam.canoe.ca

Sep 25, 2014

Bryan Adams’ image is that of a denim-clad hard rocker from Canada with massive mainstream appeal.

His 65 million in album sales worldwide over the last three-and-a-half decades speaks to that.

So some of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s covers the Kingston, Ont.,-born-North Vancouver-raised musician chose for his new disc Tracks of My Years, out Tuesday, might surprise his hardcore fans. Think the sunny pop of The Association’s Never My Love or the R&B soul of The Manhattans’ Kiss and Say Goodbye.

“I hope there are good surprises,” said the 54-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist in Toronto recently.

“Instead of doing the songs that were the ones that really changed things for me, I decided I would do songs that were also a...

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Diana Krall cancels autumn US tour and postpones Wallflower album release until 2015

From jazzwisemagazine.com

Multi-Grammy award winning singer Diana Krall has had to postpone both her autumn American tour and the release of her new album Wallflower – which was due for release in October – until 2 February 2015, due to a severe case of pneumonia. In a statement released today, Krall’s label Verve stated ‘Diana’s condition has become much more chronic than first anticipated, and she is unable to travel or engage in any promotional or touring activities for at least another 6 weeks to 2 months’. The news broke just after the October issue of Jazzwise went on sale with a striking cover feature on Krall with an exclusive interview with the Canadian vocalist in what is now some four months ahead of the album’s new release date.

Krall released a statement about h...

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Bryan Adams talks about his new album, Tracks Of My Years

From musicradar.com

“What unified everything was my voice and the way I produced it”
Joe BossoSeptember 22, 2014, 14:20 GMT

1. “You can’t do that” originally recorded by The Beatles

“It’s really hard to do a Beatles song without fucking it up. [Laughs] I have a song called Back To You on my MTV album [Unplugged], and I thought that Any Time At All could work the same way – very strummy. And it did. It worked out beautifully.

“Everybody knows the song, but it’s not like one of the Beatles songs that gets played all the time. Because it was a little more off the radar, that’s why I was interested in it. I wanted it to rock out a bit more. One of the things about this record that I wanted to do was not do a pastiche of the original track; I wanted to do my own thing as best I could...

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David Foster Miracle Concert

Calgary, AB, September 27th, 2014

Join for a magical evening surrounded by celebrities, entertainers, business and community leaders… hosted by 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster.

With the ongoing support of people who care, the David Foster Foundation is able to continue the work it has done for more than two decades. This will be an event that will likely never be replicated within the next decade or more – so don’t forget to save the date!

Here’s how you can be a part of this magical evening:

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To learn more about the David Foster Foundation, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

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Interview: Grammys, Platinum Records, ‘Thriller,’David Foster Reflects On His Career

From hauteliving.com

Grammys, Platinum Records, ‘Thriller,’ David Foster Reflects On His Career

In what feels like a parallel universe, David Foster is taking personal song requests. The super producer sits at his Yamaha nine-foot concert grand, tickling the ivories to Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.” Perched atop his piano are the music industry’s greatest motivators in the form of 16 gleaming gold Grammy awards. A further inspection of Foster’s Malibu home reveals another see-to-be-believed display in the plethora of platinum (36) and gold (41) records that adorn the walls of his game room...

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Bryan Adams – “She Knows Me” Lyric Video


Bryan Adams has revealed new music from his upcoming album “Tracks Of My Years” produced by David Foster and available Sept. 30.

Check out the world premiere to the Official lyric video for Bryan Adams’ brand NEW song “She Knows Me” from his forthcoming album.
Available in the US and Canada Sept 30th & Oct 6th in Europe and other territories. Pre-order now on iTunes! http://smarturl.it/TracksMyYearsDlx.

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