David Foster received an award presented by Quincy Jones at 2017 Grammy Museum Gala

David Foster Quincy Jones Award Grammy Museum 2017

David Foster is the best vocal producer around.

(Dianne Warren)

On a record night that has raised more than $ 1 million, the Grammy Museum honored superstar producer David Foster  with an award at his third annual gala on Tuesday.

Taken at The Nuvo in Los Angeles, the proceeds of the event fund the Grammy Museum and its educational and musical conservation programs.

Calling Foster’s “brother of a different mother,” and “one of the most talented musicians in the world,” Quincy Jones – one of the few musicians who can claim more Grammy by Foster (27 trophies to 16) – presented Foster’s award-winning architects, recalling their long history of working together on a record of Brothers Johnson in the ’70s.

David Foster received the award from Quincy Jones


Grammy Museum Gala Honoring David Foster – Red Carpet

Foster accepted his award, tackling what he called a “real crisis” with music education in schools. He continued praising one of his high-school teachers who encouraged him to learn a new instrument every three months to ensure that Foster had at least a close understanding of so many possible tools.

The man behind “The Prayer”

As noted in a movie, Foster has written, produced, arranged or played tracks that have sold cumulatively more than 500 million copies, including Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You”, Earth Wind & Fire, “After the Love Is Gone, “Remake of Natalie Cole of” Unforgettable “,” The Power of Love “by Celine Dion and” Everything to Me “,” The Prayer “by Josh Groban and hundreds of others.

Diane Warren, who had several songs produced by Foster, including Tony Braxton’s 1996 album, “Un-break My Heart”, told Billboard: “Not only is David a genius musician, he’s a song guy. He’s the best vocal producer around. He’ll take a singer further than they think they can go.”

That ability was evident as singer after singer, including Pia Toscano, Ruben Studdard and Katharine McPhee (Foster swore that the American Idol connection was coincident), fluttered their impressive vocal muscles during an hour’s homage to Foster’s work, which also included interpreters Shelea and Fernando Varela. Foster accompanied the artists to the piano, while rebuilding some of his greatest achievements. “We debated about what to do and then, being a control freak, I decided to do it myself,” Foster joked about the entertainment of the evening.

In addition to revenue from tickets purchased for the event, a lively auction earned more than half a million, including two Foster’s home concerts that went for $ 225,000 each.

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