The hitman returned to Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Katharine McPhee after postponing three times
David Foster. It’s a name everyone knows. They might just know Why they know that. For a wide range of generations, Foster is the artist behind the soundtrack of their lives. A writer and producer, as well as a gifted pianist, Foster’s many talents were on display last night (Sunday, May 15) at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
A video intro at the start offered a parade of the artists that Foster kind of worked with. He noted that the albums he has been involved in have sold half a billion units, proving he is the man with the golden ear.
Taking the stage at 7:31 p.m., Foster opened with the love theme from St. Elmo Squareand immediately followed by another from Elmo offering, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion.)” For it, he released vocalist Daniel Emmet. Emmet’s voice hit the rafters on it and “You Raise Me Up.” At age 29, he is already an accomplished touring singer and has a headlining future ahead of him.
Throughout the night, Foster shared the stories that left her mark on popular music. “Man in Motion” was inspired by Rick Hansen, a Canadian Paralympian who has driven his wheelchair around the world. “Power of Love” was inspired by her protege Celine Dion’s love for Barbara Streisand. And of course, the musical magician made it a duet between a fan and his idol, while of course bringing it to the top of the charts.
Several surprise video guests joined An Intimate Evening with David Foster. There was Andrea Bocelli, Kenny G and many others. But his real wife, american idol runner-up Katharine McPhee, joined Foster on stage during the show. In duet with the former interpreter of Céline Pia Toscano on “Power of Love”, McPhee is illustrated on “Singin’ in the Rain”. The latter is the song she, dressed as an ice cream cone, and Foster, dressed as a banana, sang during the finale of Fox’s hit. The Masked Singer. The Banana Split didn’t win.
In fact, parodying Fosters penchant for losing as much as he wins was a theme of the night. McPhee delivered interpretations of The bodyguard‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘The Prayer’, while Ms Toscano joined ‘The Prayer’ and ‘I Have Nothing’. All three have been nominated for Oscars.
For as much as David Foster is, indeed, the “Hitman,” he remarkably went out of his way to ensure that the show doesn’t speak for itself. Along with McPhee, Toscano and Emmet, Foster played background piano on many of his hits. “God doesn’t give with both hands,” he joked. “I have a lot, but a voice that I don’t have.”
Always charming, Foster offered four spectators the chance of a lifetime: to be “produced” by the multi-Grammy himself. Three of the four had perfect vocals and synchronized perfectly with David’s accompaniment. A gentleman, Rich, a songwriter from Nashville, earned the loudest standing ovation of the night and plenty of references from Foster. That includes McPhee’s serenade on “Redneck Woman,” a nod to her stint on Netflix’s unfairly unfortunate sitcom Country comfort.
In the end, Foster came down to himself and a piano to perform “Love,” from an album of instruments produced during his time off-roading in 2020. The number proved that sometimes things the simplest are really the most beautiful.
Producers and writers are as much artists as they are singers and musicians. It’s obvious when you see David Foster. To attend his concert is to take an egoless journey through the important history of American popular music by the man who shaped its modern era.