Video Interview: Brian McKnight interviews David Foster

 

Brian McKnight

 

A video interview from The Brian McKnight Show

 

Brian McKnight interviews David Foster (part 1):

 

Brian McKnight interviews David Foster (part 2):

An Evening with Childhelp featuring David Foster

 

Childhelp

 

Scheduled to perform is David Foster and an array of stars including Patti LaBelle, Charice, Brian McKnight, and Ruben Studdard. The evening will be taped for broadcast on BET and Centric Broadcasting Networks.

Ticket prices range from $50 to $150 each.

Videos: David Foster and Friends – Mandalay Bay 5/9/09

 

Charice

 

Teenage star Charice Pempengco was one of the many performers who appeared at a concert organized by David Foster on Saturday, May 9.

The 17-year-old joined Cher, Clay Aiken, Donny Osmond, Brian McKnight and Paul Anka at the David Foster & Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to raise money for the David Foster Foundation, an organization established by the legendary composer and music producer in 1986 to provide financial and emotional help to the families of children needing organ transplants.

During the show, Charice thanked Foster and Oprah Winfrey for their help in her career.

“I would like to mention these people who are very special in my life,“ she said. “First, he is my fan, my producer, my mentor. He taught me a lot of things and of course he is my hero — David Foster. And of course I want to thank Oprah for believing in my dreams and of course believing in me. Thank you so much. I love you both.“

Foster has a long history of charitable efforts to help children. In 1997 he was honored with the United States Children’s Choice Award for his work supporting research into children’s cancer, leukemia, and AIDS.

 

David Foster and Friends – Mandalay Bay 5/9/09 videos from YouTube:
 

Intro:

 
Heather Headley – Unbreak My Heart:

 
Katherine Jenkins:

 
Charice – The Power Of Love:

 
Charice – I Will Survive:

 
Philip Bailey – In The Stone:

 
Philip Bailey – After The Love Is Gone:

 
Clay Aiken – Hard To Say I’m Sorry:

 
Brian McKnight – I Swear:

 
Brian McKnight – Mornin:

 
Charice – Bodyguard Medley:

 
Charice – All By Myself:

 
Clay Aiken – You’re The Inspiration:

 
America The Beautiful (Finale):

Interview: David Foster betting on trust factor

 

David Foster

 

From Las Vegas Review Journal:

No Groban this time. No Bocelli or Buble either.

David Foster is the first to recognize last year’s “David Foster & Friends” will be hard to top. That was a one-of-a-kind event, with nearly a dozen guest singers filmed for a DVD (“Hit Man”) and PBS pledge drives.

It’s impossible to have those big names “go with me every time I want to do this,” the hit-making record producer points out. However, Saturday’s encore at Mandalay Bay finds him trying to build his own name into a brand, one “people would want to come and see no matter who my friends are.”

“In a perfect world, as the record business shrinks and I don’t want to retire, I think this might be a good Round Three for me to perform,” Foster says. “I’m just hoping my music will be the glue, along with my personality and my way of presenting it.”

It’s more than wishful thinking if you saw last year’s concert. And not just because this time, the TV cameras will be gone, and with them the irritating down time and do-overs that stretched the event beyond the three-hour mark.

Of all the star power last year, the big surprise of the night was an unknown 16-year-old Filipina named Charice, belting out “I Will Always Love You.”

On Saturday, Charice returns as a billed performer poised for stardom. Last week, she and Foster visited “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for the anointment of her debut single, “Note to God.” (The show airs May 18, the day the single will be released to digital outlets.)

Foster hopes this year’s audience will take the leap of faith with him and come along for the next new singer he introduces along with the billed stars: Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, Brian McKnight, Peter Cincotti and Heather Headley.

“I do have a little surprise that’s not announced,” he also teases.

Las Vegas audiences have a head start on the trust factor if they attended any installment of the Andre Agassi “Grand Slam for Children” that Foster spearheaded for years. Patrons of those benefits got early looks at Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Charlotte Church, performing alongside the likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Celine Dion.

“I sort of discovered late in my life that I do have a talent for finding talent,” Foster says, before amending that to say, “They usually find me.”

He also has learned, “You can win a crowd over more with an unknown, if it’s presented right and if they kill.”

Agassi supporters also watched Foster issue random challenges to audience members to come up and sing, a stunt he plans to repeat on Saturday.

“There’s always somebody who wants to be a star. That person usually wins bigger than any A-list celebrity you have,” he says. “If they have the balls to get up there, chances are they’re either really good or really bad. And both work.”

Foster’s star began to emerge when he co-wrote and produced the 1982 Chicago hit “Hard To Say I’m Sorry.” For two decades, he dominated the pop charts with hits such as Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” and Celine Dion’s “To Love You More.”

Now the Top 40 is dominated by hip-hop, which Foster respects, but knows is not his game. “I just clearly don’t know how to make that kind of music,” he says. “By some stretch, I should just be out to pasture.”

But he also notes, “Pop stands for popular, and I still make popular music. … Everybody’s trying to be hip, and yet you’ve got this show ‘American Idol,’ and what do they do all year to get 37 million people to watch? They do Barry Manilow songs. They do Burt Bacharach. They do David Foster songs.

“People don’t leave the music business. The music business leaves them. And I don’t want to be one of those guys,” he says. “I’m happy for everyone that’s doing it. I just want my little slice to stay where it is, and I’m happy.”

David Foster and Friends, May 9 at the Mandalay Bay

 

David Foster and Friends

 

David Foster & Friends Live In Concert
Mandalay Bay Resort
Las Vegas, NV
Sat, May 9, 2009 08:00 PM

Back by popular demand, a concert celebration featuring music’s premier songwriter and producer David Foster will take place Saturday, May 9 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The event will pay tribute to the 15-time Grammy winner and will feature Clay Aiken, Philip Bailey from the chart-topping band Earth, Wind & Fire, Brian McKnight, Peter Cincotti and Oprah Winfrey’s protégé, Charice. Foster also will perform some of the hits he has written or produced during his 40-year musical career. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.