Ruben Studdard, Richard Marx, Peter Cetera in Hit Man: A Special Evening with David Foster
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Famed musical showman, producer and songwriter David Foster will debut his new concert Hit Man: David Foster and Friends at the Rosemont Theatre. The already celebrated line-up has recently been altered to make room for two more Billboard heavy hitters, Ruben Studdard, of “American Idol” fame, and praised songwriter and performer Richard Marx.
Foster, whose PBS “Great Performances” special, Hit Man: David Foster and Friends was one of the most popular PBS pledge drive programs ever, also will be joined on stage by an all-star band and line-up including Grammy Award-winner Philip Bailey from the chart-topping group “Earth, Wind and Fire;” Grammy and Academy Award nominee Peter Cetera; teenage Oprah Winfrey discovery Charice Pempengco; “American Idol” Australian heartthrob contestant Michael Johns, and other greats.
Following the Rosemont Theatre debut, “HIT MAN” will be embarking on a ten-city tour including stops in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Tampa, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Jose and Vancouver. As is typical of Foster’s performances, fans should prepare themselves for surprise visits from his friends at every concert.
The owner of arguably the most impressive rolodex in the music industry, Foster has yet to reveal which special guests might visit him on stage during the tour. “Cher and Donny Osmond both surprised me by joining me on stage in Las Vegas. Things like that occur all the time when I am on tour, so I think there is a good chance we might have some surprise guest stars,” said Foster, who recently performed two sold-out shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “I can certainly say each show will be very special and loads of fun. You never know what’s going to happen with this much talent on stage.”
Canadian born David Foster has worked with a virtual “who’s who” of the music world as a composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer and musician. A short list of the artists whose careers he has influenced includes Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Cher, Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, Chris Botti, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Chaka Khan, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera and the bands “Chicago,” “Earth, Wind and Fire,” “Destiny’s Child” and hundreds of others. In 1995, Foster became the recipient of the Order of British Columbia, the highest honor awarded in his native province of British Columbia. Foster became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.
Foster has won 15 Grammy Awards (three for producer of the year) and has been nominated a total of 44 times. He has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Song and won the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for the song “The Prayer” from the film Quest for Camelot sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. He has been named BMI’s "Songwriter of the Year.”