On Monday, Nov. 16th, David Archuleta will perform three Christmas songs at the live taping of the Kaleidoscope event — “an evening of skating, song and survivorship — in Washington, D.C. The program, which was created to raise awareness of key issues surrounding women and cancer, will be broadcast on FOX on November 26 at 4 p.m. ET (immediately following the football telecast).
This event will also feature Vancouver’s David Foster — winner of 15 Grammy Awards, 7 Junos, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, and the Order of Canada — whose name often comes up when discussions of possible “dream producers” for David arise.
Would he be a good fit for David? Two SnowAngelz weigh in on both sides of the discussion:
David Foster FTW!
David Foster is a 60-year-old Canadian-born musician, songwriter, music producer who, for decades, has propelled many an artist to stardom. As a songwriter and music producer, he is noted for discovering such singers as Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, along with producing some of the most successful artists in the world (Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Rod Stewart) in genres ranging from R&B to pop to classical to gospel to adult-contemporary.
Other highlights of Foster’s career include:
- Movie song credits: Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire, I Have Nothing from The Body Guard,
- TV appearances: Popstars, American Idol, Nashville Star, Princes of Malibu (reality TV show), Oprah
- 1988 – Winter Games; Can You Feel It – Official theme song for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics
For David Archuleta to have the opportunity to work with someone of Foster’s vast experience could only be a positive thing, imo. It would seem to me that Foster’s ability to be successful in writing for and producing such a variety of artists shows his instinct for identifying the core of an artist’s musical centre — what makes him/her tick. This leads to being able to provide the proper song/production in order to draw out the best from each artist. — Awestruck
David Foster, not so much….
Don’t get me wrong, I love David Foster. He’s a brilliant producer, talented songwriter, and a funny, charming, nice guy, from all accounts. And, hey, he is Canadian. I love that he produced the “Tears are Not Enough” record to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine, and I saw the documentary of the making of the record a bunch of times. (My favourite part is when he says to Neil Young. “Neil, could we do another take, I think you were a little flat.” And Neil replies, “Hey man, that’s my style.”)
That said, check out the names on this poster for his current “David Foster & Friends” tour. The youngest one there is Charice — yes, she’s younger than David, but her style makes her seem light years older. I can’t help but think Foster had a hand in grooming her in the old-fashioned Whitney/Mariah/Celine diva style, which the divas themselves have long since abandoned. I also remember, during A.I., watching a Good Morning America interview with Foster, where he speculated that David would never make it as a pop artist, only as a Grobanesque balladeer. That told me he didn’t “get” David’s potential at all. Could I be wrong? Could Foster be the ideal producer for David? Sure … when he’s 40.
So what do you think? Would an ArchuFoster project be magnificent? Or meh? And which CFTH songs would you most like to hear at Kaleidoscope??
P.S. Here’s a great CBC interview with Foster where he talks about his music, family and philanthropy: