This is the final part of a concert held in Vancouver on May 22 2012, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rick Hansen – Man in Motion World tour. In this video Sarah McLachlan, David Foster with the Canadian Tenors are performing. Finishing off with some inspiring words from Rick himself.
Wednesday, Nov, 14 – by Music News Desk
Multi-platinum-selling vocal group The Tenors (formerly known as The Canadian Tenors), featuring Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef, will release their highly anticipated second studio album, LEAD WITH YOUR HEART, on January 15, 2013, via a U.S. deal with multi-Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, Chairman of Verve Music Group, it was announced today.
“I’m thrilled to welcome The Tenors as members of the Verve family. These amazing performers have established themselves here and abroad, and are a true international success story,” said Foster. “I am extremely proud to be associated with such great Canadian talent.”
The group has already garnered a brilliant response in their native Canada, where LEAD WITH YOUR HEART powered to Top 3 on the Top Current Album Chart (behind Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart), #1 Classics/Crossover and #1 on Amazon.com following its October 30th debut.
The Tenors will soon announce a 70-city North American tour — to include 45 U.S. cities — for Spring 2013. A PBS special on the group begins airing in December of this year.
LEAD WITH YOUR HEART is a 12-track journey that stretches the boundaries of classical crossover music by combining classic songs, modern tunes, and Spanish and French world music. From much-loved covers such as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” to the inspirational anthem “Amazing Grace,” and one of the most recognizable and heroic Tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma,” the diverse track list features an eclectic mix of pop favorites and classical staples, along with new compositions written and co-written by The Tenors.
“We are so proud of this album and of the response we are getting from audiences in Canada; we are excited to share this music with so many friends, new and old, on our upcoming tour in America,” said The Tenors.
Collaborating on this exciting new album with The Tenors are world-renowned producers and co-writers including Walter Afanasieff (Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson), Bob Ezrin (Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd) and Marco Marinangeli (Josh Groban, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).
LEAD WITH YOUR HEART is The Tenors’ first album in over two years, following the international release of their debut album and an extensive touring schedule. Over the past few years, The Tenors have performed worldwide, sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion (on The Oprah Show), Sting and Paul McCartney. More recently, The Tenors were featured performers on two primetime international broadcasts: THE EMMY Awards live from Los Angeles and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations from Windsor Castle in the UK, where The Tenors performed for Her Majesty.
TRACK LISTING: LEAD WITH YOUR HEART
1. You and I (Vinceremo)
2. Lead With Your Heart
3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
4. Me He Enamorado (Woman in Love)
5. World Stand Still
6. Journees d’innocence
8. Anchor Me
10. Amazing Grace featuring Natalie Grant
11. Forever Young
12. Lullaby (The Smile Upon Your Face) featuring Chris Botti
Bonus Track: Nessun Dorma
Keep track of The Tenors on Twitter: @TenorsMusic and follow them on Facebook during their upcoming international tour for the latest Tenors’ news and updates!
ABOUT THE TENORS:
Since their inception, The Tenors have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, these singing sensations have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles. The music of Canadians Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters, is rich and soulful, with powerful anthems and beautiful melodies. Both their self-titled debut and holiday album (The Perfect Gift) have gone platinum in Canada and have been released in many countries around the world by Universal Music and its affiliates.
As if being a multiplatinum singer and songwriter weren’t enough, Josh Groban also has an amazing memory.
The Grammy Award-winning pop opera superstar demonstrated that during his Miracle Weekend visit.
“You were one of my first interviews! I remember that very well,” said Groban, smiling warmly as he recalled coming here 12 years ago as a rising star to perform The Prayer at the Victoria Conference Centre for a David Foster Foundation fundraiser.
Foster’s then-scrawny and unassuming 19-year-old musical protégé had taken time out of a rehearsal to chat.
“You can only hope,” Groban said Saturday, recalling how he never assumed he’d also become an actor whose sense of humour and charisma has enchanted CNN’s Piers Morgan and Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly, and enhanced Jack Black’s spoofy Tenacious D rock video.
His quick wit was evident during Saturday’s lengthy Miracle Concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre when, finally taking the stage after midnight, he quipped: “I feel like my set should come with free pancakes.”
Groban, 31, wasn’t the only celebrity waxing nostalgic at the 25th anniversary fundraiser that raised $4.6 million to aid families with children who need organ transplants.
Foundation alum Alan Thicke laughed when reminded how quotable he was during the mid-1980s softball fundraisers.
“I must have had better writers back then,” joked the actor before explaining how he still looks youthful 25 years later.
“It’s just a lot of poutine and Haagen Dazs, a little hair colour and you hope you’re on right side of the grass every morning,” quipped Thicke, who ribbed Wayne Gretzky mercilessly back then for going to the L.A. Kings from the Edmonton Oilers.
“We have a lot of hockey hopefuls in L.A. right now,” he said of the Kings, who have advanced to the Stanley Cup final. “Everybody’s very excited about the Kings. We’re sorry to come in here with Wayne and rub it into the Canucks fans in the town that hockey forgot.”
Sarah McLachlan reminisced about singing I Will Remember You when Good Morning America broadcast from here in 1996.
“We were up in the Empress tea room,” she recalled. “And here I am, back at the Empress.”
During rehearsal, she feigned anger when Foster corrected her during a song runthrough.
“You get up here and sing it!” joked McLachlan, who later noted she has a Sept. 15 fundraiser in Vancouver’s Stanley Park for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, her free music program for children.
Michael Bublé, who flew in Friday for the naming of David Foster Way, was also in a reflective mood.
“I haven’t changed as much as people have changed around me,” he said when reminded how he graciously interrupted his nap time at the Empress for an interview when he was a relative newcomer at a Foster fundraiser 10 years ago.
Would he do such a thing at this stage of his career?
“I’m pretty close to that same guy. I’m probably less insecure than I was back then, so I have less to prove. I’m probably nicer and happier.”
The Grammy Award-winning crooner, accompanied by his parents, was in a playful mood.
“I’d like to thank Pam [Anderson] for being here because I love you, and then thank my wife for not being here,” he joked.
Foster was touched that Bublé called Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin a year ago with the David Foster Way proposal.
“I’ve worked for 40 years with hundreds of artists and not one has ever done what Michael Bublé did.”
Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray reminisced about his performance with the Canadian Tenors for Queen Elizabeth during a private tea May 13 at Windsor Castle, where they sang Hallelujah and a last-minute request.
“We had to arrange a four-part harmony of God Save the Queen on the ride over, and that was nerveracking,” he said.
“She’s an angelic person. She’s 85 but still very aware and youthful, and she gives you that moment to really communicate with her.”
Murray also lamented the death of Donna Summer, with whom the Tenors sang Amazing Grace at a dinner party at Foster’s home last year.
“Looking back, it was surreal,” he said, noting Summer and the Tenors were potentially going to record together.
Nita Whitaker, whose rendition of Summer’s megahit Last Dance had to be cut for technical reasons, said she was honoured to have worked with the disco queen.
She was so nice and selfeffacing and faith-filled,” said Whitaker. “I had a moment where I got to pray with her in October when she wasn’t feeling great. There was a spiritual connection.”
Foster spoke and performed The Prayer with Natalie Grant at Summer’s private funeral in Nashville last Wednesday. He said he was crushed when he learned about the death of his close friend who performed last November at his star-studded wedding to Yolanda Hadid, the former Dutch supermodel and new co-star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“Yolanda couldn’t get out of bed for two days,” he said. “She was inconsolable.”
Facts and figures from the David Foster Foundation’s 25th annual Miracle Weekend:
– Total raised: $4.6 million (does not include an initial pledge of $2 milllion over 10 years from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s Kevin and Shawna Walker)
– 150 volunteers supported the event
– Five families who have been supported by the David Foster Foundation attended from across Canada
– $114,000 raised on Foster Friday on CFAX
– 333 crew arrived from across the U.S. – plus a tech expert from Italy – to support the show – Source: David Foster Foundation
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Charity fundraiser helps families of children who need organ transplants
Mike Devlin, timescolonist.com
In terms of nights on the town, this one was pretty starry, indeed.
Bolstered by an all-star assembly of talent – including American Idol alums Ruben Studdard and Michael Johns, singers Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan, boxing icon Muhammad Ali, and comic Sinbad, among others – the grand finale of David Foster’s Miracle Weekend was a capital-E event.
Following a charity auction that on the floor raised more than $2 million for the David Foster Foundation, a segment of the seven-hour evening that drew a standing ovation with a brief appearance by the Phoenix-based Ali, the concert portion got underway with an extended video of Foster’s biggest hits.
But as they say in the business, there ain’t nothing like the real thing, and when Foster weaved through the audience on his way to the stage it was to a rapturous ovation from his fans.
Foster opened with his signature song, Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire, a fitting way to open the David Foster Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert and Gala. Not long after, he addressed the crowd with a burst of excitement.
“Do you have any idea how fantastic it was to stand at the back of that room and see this town give over the space of 20 minutes over $2 million?” Foster said, incredulous at the outpouring of support for the families of children in need of life-saving organ transplants.
“This is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Seattle-bred star Kenny G was late to the party, so to speak (he didn’t arrive until mere hours before showtime) but when he joined Foster it was like the noted smooth jazz instrumentalist had been here all week. As he strode through the audience, holding a single, sustained note on his soprano saxophone, it proved in less than a minute why he is the biggest selling instrumental artist of his generation.
The playful jabs between G and Foster, who ribbed each other about their previous divorces, weren’t bad, either.
The crowd of roughly 6,000 came alive at the appearance of the Canadian Tenors, the singing group whose earlier incarnation got its start in Victoria. Known for their opera-infused songs, some of which were written by Foster, the group brought down the house with a strong two-song performance, even without member Remigio Pereira, who had taken ill. Their mini set not only had Foster in awe, it prompted hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to ask, “How good were the Tenors?”
You know who was good? Studdard. The Velvet Teddy Bear serenaded Ali with an impromptu song that all but brought the crowd to tears. “I hope somebody got that on film,” Foster said.
Studdard kicked it up a notch when he sang a quiet-storm version of Michale Buble’s Home, which Foster’s daughter, Amy, co-wrote. Need evidence as to why Studdard won American Idol in 2003? He delivered it.
A video montage of previous Foster fundraisers put into perspective how long Foster has been at this game – and how many stars have appeared in Victoria over the years, from Olivia Newton-John and Michael J. Fox to Rob Lowe and John Travolta.
“Boy, was it worth it,” Foster said, making note of his changing hairstyles over the years.
Sinbad brought the humour big-time, mocking Wayne Gretzky for leaving Edmonton for L.A., among other things. During his set he warned Victorians of letting U.S. citizens know about the best Victoria has to offer (“Don’t tell ’em, they’ll mess it up,” he cautioned) and told a hilarious (and seemingly true) story about the recording process of Foster’s first hit with Skylark, Wildflower, that involved Sinbad and a stolen harp.
“I still have that thing in my basement,” Sinbad said. “Still can’t play it.”
Foster played Man in Motion, with help from American Idol finalist Michael Johns, which was accompanied by a video montage of the man who inspired the song, Rick Hansen.
“She is one of the most beautiful talents I have ever come across,” Foster said, by way of introduction to Vancouver singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. “Ever, ever.”
McLachlan sang Adia by herself at the piano, from the satellite stage, but the real magic was to come minutes later, when – for the first time in 20 years – she sang the song Angel without being seated at the piano. That was Foster’s territory on this night, and he and McLachlan made for a fine pair – as in, cue the standing ovation.
“God, was that heavenly,” Foster said at the conclusion.
The Canadian Tenors came back to the stage with McLachlan and Kenny G in tow for a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah that would have all but sealed the deal on this night – that is, if it weren’t for Josh Groban.
The multi-platinum singer, who said he was suffering from laryngitis, sang the touching February Song sitting at the piano as if he was in perfect health, and delivered with assistance from Foster a moving version of Don McLean’s Vincent (Starry Starry Night).
Groban took it up a notch when he went to the satellite stage, with backing from red-robed members of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and closed the show with You Raise Me Up. It was a fitting message, and song.
The stars were good, indeed. The Hitman, as Foster is known, was equally effective. He kept it local all night, from backing by members of the Victoria Symphony to stories of his days growing up in the Garden City.
We’re happy to have had him. Even though he now lives in Los Angeles, he’s still ours. And with concerts like the one he put on Saturday night – the final total was $4.6 million – we’re all the better for his generosity.
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David Foster addresses the audience during Foster’s Miracle Concert at Save on Foods Memorial Centre.
Photograph by: Adrian Lam , Times Colonist
David Foster’s Miracle Weekend lived up to its title Saturday night, climaxing with a glitzy, star-studded concert that was as much a trip down memory lane as a heart-wrenching fundraiser to assist families of children who need organ transplants.
Muhammad Ali, who got a thunderous ovation when he took his place at the head table after a gala dinner and auction at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre before the main event, was the star attraction.
“The champ is in the house,” said Mike Ravenill, chief executive officer of the David Foster Foundation.
Although Ali, in declining health, didn’t appear on the red carpet, celebrities including Pamela Anderson, Sarah McLachlan, Kenny G, Sinbad, American Idol star Ruben Studdard, the Canadian Tenors and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky ran a gauntlet of fans, photographers and media, dramatically followed by a Scottish pipe band ushering in Lt.-Gov. Steven L. Point.
Gleeks and “Grobanites” came out in force to see Josh Groban, the Grammy Award-winning pop opera singer and actor featured in Glee and The Office, who arrived just hours before showtime because of flight delays from New York.
Foster predicted Groban, 31, would be a superstar when he first brought his protégé here as a 19-year-old.
“Having David as a lift-off doesn’t hurt anybody. We’ve had a great time walking the walk,” he said. “I’m honoured my fans have stuck with me and allowed me to branch out.”
Groban’s fans included 70 Canadian College of Performing Arts students barely able to contain their excitement over being selected to back Groban up on his inspirational megahit You Raise Me Up.
It was a miracle Kenny G made it in time for the concert. “I’m a little off but I’m excited to be here,” he said after flying from Asia, where he has just wrapped a concert tour. He landed just 90 minutes before showtime.
Saturday’s eclectic musical showcase, featuring an orchestra and Foster’s Hitman band, included Studdard’s soulful rendition of Mornin’ which Foster wrote for Al Jarreau; and Hallelujah, reuniting McLachlan with the Canadian Tenors.
The Tenors were also scheduled to sing Because We Believe and Adagio.
Jamie Cormier, who received a liver transplant when he was 10 months old, said he felt privileged at the concert. “I feel so blessed,” said Cormier, now 23. “When I saw everybody perform, I knew it would be a spectacular night.”
The spectacle included longtime Foster collaborator Nita Whitaker’s rendition of the Donna Summer hit Last Dance. “I stood there for a second because I just wanted to feel her,” said Whitaker, reflecting on the disco diva who died of cancer last week.
“She was such a dear friend,” recalled Foster, who said Summer agreed to perform at the Miracle Concert before her death on May 17.
“She was supposed to be here tonight singing that song. But I wanted Nita to do it for me because I loved her so much.”
By Saturday night, the auction had raised $2 million, the foundation announced.
Among the luxury items up for auction was Foster’s grand piano, which went for $500,000, and an invitation to Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night.
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