David Foster’s Miracle Concert takes place May 26, 2012, at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
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Josh Groban, Kenny G, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors will join David Foster for his Miracle Concert May 26 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
The acts were confirmed by the 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer on Thursday.
“Everybody has their passion, and this is my passion,” the Victoria native said via Skype from Los Angeles during time out from producing Rod Stewart’s Christmas album. He was referring to the David Foster Foundation, the charity he founded 25 years ago that provides financial and emotional support to the families of children who need organ transplants.
“It was 25 years ago almost to the day that we flew up and announced our first fundraiser,” said Foster, recalling the foundation’s inaugural press conference attended by ex-NHLer Wayne Gretzky, and actors Rob Lowe and Alan Thicke.
The memory prompted him to “reach out” to his old friends, Foster said, before announcing they’d return.
“Wayne confirmed he’d be here all weekend. And Rob Lowe, depending on the shooting schedule on his new series, is happy to be here all weekend,” said Foster.
Kenny G would fly in May 26, the day after his Asian tour finishes, Foster said.
Foster said he was thrilled that Groban agreed to come back. “He’ll be one of the main attractions Saturday night,” said Foster, who introduced Groban, then 19, in Victoria in 2000.
“When you see a guy like Josh, who I found in high school and now I watch play arenas all over the world, and people are going crazy over this kid, it makes me feel so good.”
Foster promised to pluck a couple of singers from the crowd and give them a chance to be discovered.
Events during the Miracle Weekend, as May 25-27 has been dubbed, include the 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s Grand Opening Gala $5,000-a-head weekend accommodation package. It includes an intimate concert featuring Foster and friends in its David Foster Foundation Theatre, and dinner with VIP seating at the main event.
The oceanfront hotel’s owners, Kevin and Shawna Walker, recently announced a partnership with the foundation, pledging $2 million over 10 years, including all proceeds from the Miracle Weekend and funds from future cultural events.
Mel Cooper, chairman of the Telus Victoria Community Board, said Telus had signed on as the May event’s marquee sponsor. The company began by writing a cheque to aid 65 families at an average of $10,000 apiece.
“We’re going to surprise David, like he always surprises us with the celebrities who show up at the last minute,” said Cooper, after revealing that all 80 of the $10,000 tables for 10 on the floor for the Miracle Concert & Gala had sold out.
Foster hinted he’d also approach Diana Krall and Nelly Furtado.
Single tickets — priced at $75, $125 and $250 (VIP seats), with more options to come — will go on sale March 1.
They will be available by phone (250-220-7777) or at selectyourtickets.com.
For more information visit davidfostermiracleconcert.com
By Jay Lustig/The Star-Ledger
October 25, 2009, 1:29PM
The tour is called “David Foster and Friends.” And after more than 30 years as one of the pop world’s most successful songwriter-producers, Foster has plenty of friends to call on.
Peter Cetera (formerly of Chicago) and Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind and Fire) were there when the tour hit the Prudential Center in Newark, Saturday. So were Deborah Cox, “American Idol” alumni Ruben Studdard and Michael Johns, and the quartet, the Canadian Tenors. But the closing slot went to a woman who has not released an album in the United States yet: Charice, a 17-year-old from the Philippines who is well known her own country, and is being mentored by Foster for worldwide stardom.
She has a big voice and, like another Foster protege, Celine Dion, projects a sense of steely determination when she sings. In this show, she was called on to belt out songs Foster has produced and/or co-written for divas Dion (“The Power of Love”) and Whitney Houston (“I Will Always Love You,” “I Have Nothing”), as well as her own Foster-produced single, “Note To God.” Her poise and vocal command were impressive, especially in light of her youth. She ended her memorable mini-set with “I Will Survive,” one of the few songs in the show that Foster didn’t write or produce.
As expected, it was an evening of clean-cut, immaculately crafted pop music. Foster never has been hip, but his knack for helping singers make the most of their talents — two of his recent finds are Josh Groban and Michael Buble — is beyond question.
Foster, 59, served as the show’s amiable host, and accompanied everyone on piano. At several points, he emphasized that this was the third show of his first tour, ever.
Johns sang two of Foster’s rock hits: “She’s a Beauty” and “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion),” recorded by the Tubes and John Parr, respectively. The show’s three backing vocalists, meanwhile, tackled the “West Side Story” ballad “Somewhere” (which Foster produced for Barbra Streisand) and “Got To Be Real,” his disco hit with Cheryl Lynn.
Studdard stood in for Al Jarreau (the swinging “Mornin'”) and All-4-One (the earnest “I Swear”), and brought a touch of blues grit to “Home,” a hit for both Buble and country singer Blake Shelton.
Cetera and Bailey sang some of the buttery pop-soul hits they have made with Foster, and also briefly touched on their non-Foster history — Bailey with an excerpt from “Easy Lover,” Cetera with “If You Leave Me Now.”
Foster will soon embark on his second tour, joining Andrea Bocelli to perform songs from Bocelli’s upcoming, Foster-produced holiday album, “My Christmas.” Stops will include the Izod Center in East Rutherford, Dec. 5.
Michael Johns singing “Man In Motion”David Foster and Friends NJ 10/24
Peter Cetera “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” at David Foster NYC 10/23
Michael Johns and Peter Cetera Hard Habit to Break
David Foster playing St. Elmo’s Fire theme song
David Foster and Friends: Ruben Studdard – I Swear
David Foster and Friends: Ruben Studdard – Home
David Foster and Friends (Chicago): Charice – Bodyguard Medley
David Foster & Friends (BOSTON): Charice – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
David Foster & Friends: Canadian Tenors – Halleluiah
David Foster & Friends (BOSTON): Charice – Note to God
David Foster & Friends (BOSTON): Charice – The Power of Love
Deborah Cox and Cody Karey “The Prayer” @ David Foster & Friends concert 2009 w/ Charice
David Foster and Friends – America’s Song – Boston 10/25/09
David Foster and Friends (New Jersey): Charice – “I Will Survive”
Deborah Cox – “Un-break My Heart” – David Foster & Friends Concert Tour, Chicago
Deborah Cox – “Through The Fire” – David Foster & Friends Concert Tour, Chicago