David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, singer, songwriter, and arranger. He has been a producer for such successful musical artists as Christina Aguilera, the Bee Gees, Dionne Warwick, Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Brandy, Mariah Carey, Chicago, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Prince, Rod Stewart, Westlife, Barbra Streisand, Jackie Evancho, and many others. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations. Foster is the current Chairman of Verve Music Group.
Before he became one of the most successful record producers in history — creating albums that have collectively sold in the hundreds of millions — David Foster received a valuable piece of advice from legendary music impresario Quincy Jones. “He said to me, ‘If something isn’t exactly the way you think it should be, don’t put your name on it,’” Foster recalls. “His words of advice had a great impact on me, and since then I’ve always fought for my artistic vision. I don’t always win, but I know when an artist hires me, it’s my job to push them toward greatness, and to get something out of them they didn’t know was there. My personal motto has become, ‘compromise breeds mediocrity.’”
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