David Foster

Inducted in 1998

B.C.-native David Foster has become one of the most successful music producers and composers in the world as well as a famously generous philanthropist.

Foster was born in Victoria on November 1, 1949. His musical career started early, with piano lessons at age five that led to enrollment in the University of Washington’s music program at thirteen. By age 16 he was playing piano with Chuck Berry, and had a Top 10 US hit (“Wildflower”) with his band Skylark in 1973. The band’s success did not last, though, and when the other members decided to return to Canada, Foster decided to stay in Los Angeles.

Career Highlights


Given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame


Produced Whitney Houston’s #1 smash, “I Will Always Love You”

Quick Fact

Has won 16 Grammies and 5 JUNO Awards

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Quick Fact

Was the driving force behind the charity song “Tears Are Not Enough”