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An intimate evening with David Foster

An intimate evening with David Foster
MICHAEL D. REID / TIMES COLONIST
MAY 6, 2013

Piers Morgan wasn’t at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Saturday night, but you could say he was there in spirit, says David Foster.

The colourful British CNN talk show host’s reputation as a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants personality inadvertently inspired Foster to be able to pull off his impromptu David Foster Foundation fundraiser, his Victoria-born friend said.

“I just thought of Piers and how impressed I am with how he can do those interviews on the fly,” said Foster, whose ritzy black-tie dinner and concert that also opened the David Foster Foundation Theatre brought to $284,000 the amount raised for the foundation by the hotel since its $52-million makeover.

Owners Kevin and Shawna Walker have pledged...

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Interview: David speaking about William Joseph

William Joseph

From VancouverSun.com:

BY CHANTAL EUSTACE, VANCOUVER SUN

William Joseph knew that a chance to tickle the ivories for Canadian hit-maker David Foster was a big deal.

It turned out to be a life-changing opportunity.

Foster was so impressed by Joseph’s talent during that encounter five years ago, he asked the former piano teacher to perform in his place that very night at a charity concert.

“A standing ovation later, I was invited out to David’s house in Malibu and then he said, ‘I want to sign you to Warner Brothers,’ ” Joseph says, speaking by phone from his home in Phoenix. “So right after that, I went on tour with Josh Groban.”

Today, the so-called “classical pop” pianist is headlining his own tour, hot off the heels of his second album, Beyond.

He’s being asked t...

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Video: William Joseph at Iowa Public Television

 

William Joseph

 

Terri Hale interviews pianist William Joseph, a David Foster prodigy, at Iowa Public Television during Festival 2009.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

“Sweet Remembrance of You”:

“A Mother’s Heart”:

“Within”:

“Piano Fantasy”:

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David to direct Celebrity Fight Night XV

Celebrity Fight Night

Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening presented in honor of featured guest, Muhammad Ali. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the country participate in a night filled with incredible Live Auction items and live musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars.

David Foster is once again the music director.

The 2009 Celebrity Fight Night will be held on March 28th at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix.
Reba McEntire will return for her 4th consecutive appearance as the evening’s emcee of the event. Jon Bon Jovi, Roy Firestone, Charice, Michael Johns, Lucia Micarelli, William Joseph and Ethan Bortnick will all be performing at the event...

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Article: Bocelli, Bublè, Groban and Charice

David Foster

From AsianJournal.com:

LAS VEGAS – “Tonight, a star is born!”

With those words, Grammy-award winning composer and producer David Foster officially welcomed Charice to the musical world. And with those words, Charice made it to the consciousness of the audience inside the jampacked concert hall, who trooped to Vegas to watch a tribute to the musical genius that is Foster.

The event was the star-studded David Foster & Friends concert held Friday, May 23 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. It was an almost fourhour musical extravaganza that featured tour de force performances from Foster’s friends such as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Katharine McPhee, Peter Cetera, Brian McKnight, Babyface, and Boz Scaggs.

Charice, a day after the once in a lifetime show, was still on a n...

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Article: David Foster, Driver, always in black cars

David Foster

Michelle Hopkins, Vancouver Sun

David Foster – superstar music producer with 14 Grammy Awards and a 2006 Order of Canada recipient – promised himself that if he ever made it big he’d buy himself a Mercedes 450 SL.

“I bought a copper-coloured one in 1978,” he said during a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. “What happened was that my friend Chris Earthy had ordered it and ended up selling it to me.

“I promptly painted it black – crazy, huh?”

For all of his fame – he has performed and written songs for musical greats including Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart – you wouldn’t suspect Foster to be so candid, down to earth and accessible. He is also, charming and witty.

Foster, 58, admits an affinity for black Mercedes’...

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Pop-pianist on road to stardom

William Joseph

by Adrian Chamberlain – Times Colonist

There’s Michael Bublé, Josh Groban … and William Joseph.

William who?

All are protégés of David Foster, the Victoria-born music producer blessed with an ability to transform relative unknowns into easy-listening titans.

Joseph, 29, is the latest to get the Big Foster Push. Indeed, Foster’s so keen to tout Joseph, he contacted the TC offering to chat about the pop-pianist from Phoenix, Ariz.

So we did.

Foster says Williams is playing Vancouver Island dates (Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell) as part of a Western Canadian tour to hone the pianist’s concert chops. In a sense, this tour, wrapping in Winnipeg on Jan. 30, is the equivalent of an off-Broadway run — the U.S. and international market being “Broadway...

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Foster-discovered talent looks ‘Within’

David Foster and William Joseph

by John P. Mclaughlin, The Province

There are a lot of people in Vancouver music circles who still remember David Foster as the wiry guy with big hair playing keyboards for Skylark on their 1972 mega-hit, “Wildflower.”

He was a 23-year-old Victoria kid, and even then, quite noticeably and prodigiously talented. When he waved from the window of his southbound VW van and said he was off to conquer America, not many doubted him.

In no time, he got session work with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart and Hall and Oats — not to mention the Beatles — and the upward climb had begun.

Fourteen Grammys later, should Foster put his imprimatur on an emerging talent, it’s prudent to pay attention. Think Michael Bublé...

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William Joseph going to Europe to record new album

William Joseph

Pianist William Joseph is recording his second studio album, following the Foster-produced debut “Within”. He’s wrote a few lines for his website:

“Hello family and friends!! I am sitting at the airport right now waiting for my long flight to Europe. While sitting around anxiously I realized that it would not be right if I didn’t share this upcoming experience with you. Many of you may ask… “Why is William going to Europe?”. Well I will tell you “I am going to Europe TO RECORD THE REST OF MY ALBUM!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!! I have been recording my piano parts with David Foster in Malibu for the last few months which has been amazing...

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