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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“Onstage Backstage: A PBS SoCal Holiday Celebration with David Foster and Friends,” Peter Cetera and Babyface Edmonds among stars at PBS fundraiser

Host David Foster and singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth perform onstage at “A PBS SoCal Holiday Celebration.”

From latimes.com:


The event: “Onstage Backstage: A PBS SoCal Holiday Celebration with David Foster and Friends,” took place Thursday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, a dinner and show heralded as the public television station’s first major fundraiser in Los Angeles. PBS SoCal is now the primary PBS station for the greater Los Angeles area since 2011, when KOCE-TV took over the role under this new name.

The show: The 16-time Grammy-winning Foster — known as “Hit Man” from the PBS “Great Performances” series — welcomed an abundance of talents to the stage, among them Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; Peter Cetera of the rock band Chicago; Peter Asher, formerly of the duo Peter and Gordon; master violinist Maga Zoltan; singer Brenna Whitaker; Telly the Television Monster from “Sesame Street”; and Kristin Chenoweth, who came to fame as Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked.”

Before her first song, Chenoweth recalled her first live appearance as a rabbit in “The Nutcracker” — she had been deemed “too little to play a mouse.” She ended her segment by performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which, she pointed out, was first sung by another 4’11” singer, Judy Garland.

In addition to the musical entertainment, composer Alan Menken — known for his Academy Award-winning scores to Disney musicals — introduced an excerpt from the upcoming PBS special, “American Experience: Walt Disney.” And PBS Chief Executive Paula Kerger introduced an eight-minute preview of Season 5 of “Downton Abbey” — “a little drama series that maybe a few of you have heard about,” as she put it. (Kerger said “Downton Abbey” has been the most-watched drama in PBS history.)

The dinner: Diners were surrounded by projections of snowflakes, lighted Christmas trees and arrangements of poinsettias, as the music continued in the Ray Dolby Ballroom. Here, Menken stole the show by playing a medley of his tunes from “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pocahontas” and other animated Disney films.

The crowd: Guests included Eva and Marc Stern, Marybelle and S. Paul Musco, Roy Disney, Irena Medavoy, Anne Gates, Jenny Jones, Carolyn Powers, Don Hahn, Barbara Davis, Lauren King and from PBS SoCal, President and Chief Executive Mel Rogers; general manager and chief operating officer Andy Russell; and “Studio SoCal” co-host Rick Reiff.

Quote of note: In remarks to supporters, board chair Jim McCluney described the station’s enormous reach throughout Southern California and its “unrivaled content,” ticking off the widely varied offerings: “Antiques Roadshow, “ “Nova,” “Sesame Street,” “Frontline,” “Mr. Selfridge,” “Sherlock,” “Downton Abbey,” “Ken Burns: The Roosevelts” and many more.

“We’re the largest stage for the arts and the most trusted source of information in our community,” McCluney said. “We don’t just hold great parties. We also enrich people’s lives.”

The numbers: Although final results haven’t yet been tallied, show tickets alone cost a minimum of $75 for two. The 400 dinner guests paid from $1,000 each for tickets and as much as $100,000 for tables of 20.

Source: Kristin Chenoweth, Babyface Edmonds among stars at PBS fundraiser – LA Times.

Malibu Seen: Celebrating Caritas – Malibu Times: Malibu Seen

Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00 am
By Kim Devore / Entertainment Editor |

Malibu’s famed music man David Foster and his accomplished wife Yolanda hit a high note as they were honored by Saint John’s Health Center Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The grand black-tie occasion was the annual Caritas Gala.
There is good reason that accolades were in order. Dave has created, produced and sold albums, that have sold hundreds of millions of copies.
He has worked with local-based talent like legendary songbird Barbra Streisand, as well as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. He has discovered many budding singers whom he mentored and who went on to the top of the charts.
But we are just getting warmed up here. The creative master has won 16 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and received three Oscar nominations.
He also was the man behind the recent Malibu production of “Primal Scream” at Smothers Theatre.
Yolanda Foster is known for her starring role in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” The Netherlands-born beauty was discovered at 16 by Eileen Ford and signed on to Ford Models.
As a dedicated philanthropist, she is a big booster of the David Foster Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Belo Children’s Cancer Ward in Manila.
At the moment, she’s busy with “Hopelessly Romantic,” an operation designed to help men and women “get wise and keep their romance alive.”
The impressive pair received the Caritas Award, while Tonian Hohberg, the president and founder of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, was lauded with the Spirit of Saint John’s Award.
Gala Chair Evelyn Guerboian and Chairman Dr. John Robertson welcomed their 550 stylishly clad guests, noting Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and its Irene Dunne Guild have raised more than $11 million to help the center stay on the cutting edge.
With David Foster in the crowd, you just know there was going to be something special.
Dave did not disappoint with a special performance with his “soulful friends,” including jazz vocalist Brenna Whittaker, singer and songwriter Shalea; actor, song and dance man Rogelio Douglas, Jr., and opera singer Nathan Granner. The talented ensemble brought the crowd to its feet with a rousing rendition of the hit song “Happy.”
That was more than enough to get everyone to the dance floor, busting a few moves to the music of the Cowling Band until the wee hours.
The evening of music and inspiration was just what the doctor ordered.

Source:Malibu Seen: Celebrating Caritas – Malibu Times: Malibu Seen.

Yolanda Foster’s Husband David On ‘RHOBH’: ‘People Have No Clue About My Music’

From inquisitr.com:

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster has been on the show for a couple of seasons now and fans are getting to know her even better. She has been sharing her struggle with lyme disease for a while, but she has also been introducing her very famous Canadian husband to the world. David Foster may not be the kind of person who will film a reality show, but she has allowed the cameras into the privacy of their Malibu home.

Yolanda Foster may not mind sharing too much of her life, but it is clear that the show has become all about her and not about David. He went on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in support of his wife, but it is clear that he is just another husband to fans.

According to a new Bravo report, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster‘s husband isn’t necessarily getting the recognition that he deserves when he stumbles into fans of the show.

“It’s funny, man,” David Foster recently revealed about being on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, adding, “Truly, somebody will stop me and they’ll go: ‘You’re a husband on The Housewives.’ And they have no clue about my music. None. You just want to smack ‘em and go: ‘By the way, I have 16 Grammys.’ But of course, you don’t do that. It’s just funny.”

Last season was tough for Yolanda Foster, as some of her friends were not there for her during her recovery. But David believes that this season will be great for his wife.

“Yolanda thrives on the show this year” he says, adding, “The show’s really entertaining and [has] a lot more human interest stories,” he said. “I’m happy for my wife.”

David has just turned 65 years old, but he isn’t slowing down when it comes to his music career. In fact, he is pushing forward with full steam ahead with the full support of his wife, Yolanda. And while he continues to work with some great names, Yolanda Foster will have her best season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills yet.

“You know, I think it’s going to be our best season yet,” Foster revealed, adding, “It’s a very complicated season. I think a lot of things from last year, people are making up, new friendships, new people are coming into the group. I think it’s going to be a great season.”

According to the Inquisitr, Yolanda Foster had a brief hick-up with Kim Richards, but the two are working on their friendship these days. Their feud started after the reunion last season, but they have talked things over and are moving forward in a positive light.

What do you think of Yolanda Foster’s husband? Do you think it makes sense that he is recognized as a husband rather than a musician?

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1649092/yolanda-fosters-husband-david-on-rhobh-people-have-no-clue-about-my-music/#jf4I1aLrLyRS3TC6.99

Source: Yolanda Foster’s Husband David On ‘RHOBH’: ‘People Have No Clue About My Music’.