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By Carla Hay
Move over, Russell Watson. Josh Groban is the latest singer to find commercial success with a blend of pop and operatic music. Groban's eponymous debut album on 143/Warner Bros. Records is catching on with the American public, due in large part to recent key TV appearances made by the Los Angeles native. His big break came when Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer David Foster (Celine Dion) heard Groban's demo and invited the singer to fill in for Andrea Bocelli at the 1999 Grammy rehearsals. Soon afterward, Groban was signed to Foster's 143 label.
"Here I was, a guy from college studying theater," 20-year-old Groban says. "When someone like David Foster calls you up and says, 'Let's make a CD,' you're not going to say no."
Groban, who was accepted into Carnegie Mellon University's musical theater program, had to put his college plans on hold when the music business came calling. The singer considers Foster to be his mentor. "I was shy in the recording studio at first," he says. "But I would watch David do his thing, and I learned so much."
Released last November, "Josh Groban" entered has already reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and last week rocketed up The Billboard 200, jumping from No. 103 to No. 41. This week the set, which has also been a top five hit on Billboard's Top Internet Album Sales chart, fell slightly to No. 50.
The album includes tracks sung in Italian and guest appearances by Charlotte Church, Lili Hayden, and the Corrs. "I have really eclectic taste in music, and I wanted to show that on this CD," says Groban.
Even before his album was released, Groban guest-starred in the 2001 season finale of the Fox series "Ally McBeal," in which he played an awkward young man and sang album track "You're Still You" at the end of the episode. Groban was invited to appear on the series after "Ally McBeal" executive producer David E. Kelley and other members of the show heard Groban sing at a charity concert. The results of the cameo were immediate: As Groban remembers, "I woke up the day after that episode aired, and my manager called and said I had to do three interviews. I'd never done an interview in my life."
Warner Bros. creative director Jeff Ayeroff says, "[Groban] has a natural gift that inspires people."
"People are coming in specifically for [the] album," reports Darren Halliwell, pop/rock buyer at Tower Records' Clark Street location in Chicago. "The comment I hear most is, 'I just love his voice.'"
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1 Would you be happier? (previosly unreleased)
2 So Young (K-Klass Remix): 5th single from Talk On Corners
3 Runaway: 1st single from Forgiven, Not Forgotten
4 Breathless: 1st single from In Blue
5 Radio (Unplugged): 1st single form Unplugged
6 What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out Remix): 3rd single from Talk On Corners
7 The Right Time: 3rd single from Forgiven, Not Forgotten
8 I Never Loved you Anyway: 2nd single from Talk On Corners
9 Irresistible: 2nd single from In Blue
10 Forgiven, Not Forgotten: 2nd single from Forgiven, Not Forgotten
11 Lough Erin Shore (unplugged)
12 Only When I Sleep: 1st single from Talk On Corners
13 Love to Love You: 4th single from Forgiven, Not Forgotten
14 All The Love In The World (Remix): single from In Blue
15 Everybody Hurts (unplugged)
16 Give Me A Reason: 3rd single from In Blue
17 Dreams: 4th single from Talk On Corners
18 Make You Mine (previosly unreleased)
19 Lifting Me (previosly unreleased - Bonus track)
Previously unleased track "Make You Mine", co-written by the Corrs and David Foster, is included. But Foz doesn't produce it.
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This CD is still available to order from www.hmv.com (VQCD001) 0and contains 4 different mixes of a cover version of "River Of Love" with above mentioned vocalists. The rest of the CD is indian hyms (heja,heja, heja, hoja, hoja, hoja..etc.....) but the River of Love version is quite OK. Please note that David Foster was not involved in this production. They only used his song.
According to Warner Music Canada division, a CD of this live recording, including French and English versions as well as bilingual and instrumental versions of the anthem shall be released right in time for the period of Canada's festive period.
Mr. Foster worked with Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Chicago as well as Earth Wind and Fire. The income from this recording shall go to the David Foster Foundation supporting British Columbia children (and their families) that are in the waiting of an organ transplant.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- TV host Montel Williams, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago, says the disease is insidious.
Williams, 44, joins Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan, 98 Degrees, Bijou Phillips, Jim Belushi and others on the David Foster-produced song "Lean on Me" to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.
Macy Gray, Donna Summer, Brian McKnight and Destiny's Child are among the artists on Sony's Epic Records CD, "The Race to Erase MS: Keeping the Dream Alive."
"Lean on Me" is the theme song of philanthropist Nancy Davis' eighth annual MS fund-raiser, which will be held May 18 at the Century Plaza Hotel. It will air at a later date on the VH1 cable network.
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April 2001 (Newstream) -- Some of today's most cutting-edge artists and composers are working with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann to create what is expected to be one of the year's hottest soundtracks, for Luhrmann's new motion picture MOULIN ROUGE. Interscope Records will release the soundtrack, Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film MOULIN ROUGE, May 8, 2001.
In MOULIN ROUGE, a celebration of love and creative inspiration set in 1900, in the infamous Paris nightclub, Luhrmann brings together modern-era pop tunes and gorgeous period design to create a unique motion picture experience. The music in MOULIN ROUGE is a celebration of many of the great pop songs of the twentieth century, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Lennon and McCartney, from Sting to Elton John, from Dolly Parton to David Bowie. Each song heard in the film is a crucial storytelling device.
MOULIN ROUGE composer Craig Armstrong, music director Marius DeVries, music supervisor Anton Monsted, additional score composers Chris Elliott and Steve Sharples, as well as Luhrmann and Monsted's longtime music programmer and co-producer, Josh Abrahams, collaborated closely with Luhrmann on the film's music.
From the MOULIN ROUGE Soundtrack
The album opens and closes with David Bowie singing the 1940s standard "Nature Boy." The opening draws on MOULIN ROUGE score composer Craig Armstrong's score version of the song. (Armstrong has also composed and arranged for Madonna, Massive Attack and Bjork.) The album closes with Bowie's collaboration with Massive Attack on the same song. The two interpretations of the song, with its central lyric - "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return" - bookend the film. Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer, have reinterpreted the T-Rex classic "Children of the Revolution."
Multi-platinum recording artists Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink recorded a cover - and shot a disco-style music video - of the LaBelle classic "Lady Marmalade" (aka "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?"), which will be the first single from soundtrack. Groundbreaking hip hop star Missy Elliott and Rockwilder produce the key music opener. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor make their on-screen/soundtrack singing debuts. The actors duet on "Come What May," a love song composed for the film, produced by multi-Grammy winner David Foster and Simon Franglen; and on "Elephant Love Medley." Kidman solos on "Sparkling Diamonds" and "One Day I'll Fly Away," and duets with one of the film's featured players, Alka Yagnik on "Hindi Sad Diamonds," a medley of Hindi songs plus "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." On "Your Song," McGregor teams with three tenors: maestro Placido Domingo, rising star Allesandro Safina, and Australian tenor Jamie Allen. McGregor and actor Jacek Koman join Jose Feliciano to
create a tango version of the classic Police track "Roxanne," which is part
of a medley with the classic Argentinean tango "Tanguera" by Mariano Mores.
Valeria performs a hot Latin dance floor reinterpretation of the Diane
Warren classic "Rhythm of the Night."
Fatboy Slim composes "Because We Can," a new track for the film. Beck and Timbaland unite on the David Bowie classic "Diamond Dogs. "Rufus Wainright sings "Complainte de la Butte," a ballad written by film director Jean Renoir for his 1950s film "French Can Can," also set at the Moulin Rouge. The original is sung in French; Wainwright performs it in a combination of French and English lyrics.
The Cannes Film Festival has selected MOULIN ROUGE as the festival's opening night film, to screen in competition on May 9, 2001. Twentieth Century Fox will release the film nationally on June 1, and also will platform the film in a single run each in New York and Los Angeles on May 18.
In the film, Nicole Kidman plays the Moulin Rouge's most notorious star, forced to choose between a young writer's inspiration and another man's obsession. Ewan McGregor is the writer who finds himself plunged into this decadent world where anything goes - except falling in love. The film also stars John Leguizamo as Toulouse-Lautrec, Jim Broadbent as Zidler, the Club's owner, and Richard Roxburgh as the Duke. It was written by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, and the producers are Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron.
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FOSTER DEFENDS POLITICAL DREAMS AND PLANS TO STUDY FOR A SHOT AT POLITICAL JOB
Saying he has a keen interest in politics and a pasion for BC, millionaire record producer david foster insists he's serious about abandoning his music career to become British Columbia's premier.
In an exclusive interview with the vancouver sun monday, foster said he wants to return home to help restore a sense of hope and pride among british columbians.
"I have the passion to come back home and serve British COlumbia. If you say one thing in this article, that's what you should say," Foster said monday from his los angeles office. "I can't think of anything greater for me to do than to come back and serce my country. I know that sounds corny and will look dumb as hell in print, but that's what i want to do."
Last week, the victoria-born hitmaker told reporters in europe he wanted to become premier of BC- a comment that drew laughter from many quarters in Victoria's parliament buildings.
But monday, the record producer to music's biggest stars daid his political aspirations are no joke: He has a four-year plan to study politics, bone up on BC history and spend more time in the province in an effort to someday lead it.
"I want to spend the next four or five years learning about the job. At that time i'll know myself whether i'm equipped to go forward with this. i want to do it for all the right reasons. i don't need the money, i don't need the fame. i know it sounds corny, but i have a great love for BC."
THe musician, composer, producer, arranger says he won't do other interviews on his political future until he is better grounded in BC politics.
Over the last decade, foster said, he has grown increasingly troubled by the pessimistic attitude of many british columbians.
"WHen you would sit with somebody from BC, invariably before the end of the evening they're all sitting around complaining about the governemnt. it's just unbelieveable. you don't go out to dinner here and sit around and complain about the governemnt," he said of his los angeles home. "I feel bad that the people of BC don't feel great about themselves. I would just love to help. It would be a great way for med to end a long career."
While he still loves the music business, he's tired of trying to churn out hit singles. "I'm not sick of it, but i'm tired...It's a little hard to get up in the morning, go to the studio and try to create music that's going to hit and sell. But i don't hate the industry at all."
But for a shot at the premier's office, foster said "I would absolutely 100 per cent close the door [to music]."
At 51, foster is clerly considering a dramatic career change and may follow the lead of actors ronald regan, clint eastwood, sonny bono and wrestler Jesse Ventura, who successfully jumped from the entertainment industry to politics.
In planning his future away from music he points to friend wayne gretzky, who left hockey at the top of his game, before he began performing below standard.
"True champions try to go out on top or near the top. THe worst thing for my musical career would be struggling, not having hits, not getting the right phone calls and still trying to be a record producer/ songwriter."
FOr all his fame , foster has never forgotten his roots. He regularly returns to victoria, hwere his mother and two sisters still live, and is committed to a charitable foundation in his name that helps support the families of sick children who need organ transplants.
Last year, foster became an american citizen and supported al gore's campaign for the presidency. whild he remains a canadian citizen, foster clearly looks up to gore, but is also close to former US president Bill clinton, Utah republican senator orin hatch, california democrtic governor gray davis, and alberta senator tommy banks, a former jazz musician.
These friends plus many other figures he has met during his lifetime in the music business, are the people from whom he plans to seek advice and assistance.
"All the peole I have come in contact with over the years would be very helpful to me. THere are a lost of smart people out there who I could lean on for advice and i will. I could be a good leader."
As he discusses his political future, foster remains the affable canadian boy, neither smug nor arrogant about his chance s of success.
He doesn't want to discuss detailed issues becuase he isn't well-enough briefed, he won't criticize the governing New Democratic Party and he doesn't know what party he would join, although he has his eyes on the BC liberals.
"WHether I'm learned enough to do the job, i don't know yet. four years from now i could go 'you know what, i was just a little too cocky. i thought i could learn this job but i can't,' he said. "I could be the worrst thing for this province, i don't know yet. I plan on studying hard for the next four to five years, looking at the issues and learning the job. This is what i know i can do: i have an ability to make people feel good about themselves. that's what my job has been my whole life."
But if things fall into place for him, look out BC.
"If i'm ready for this job i will go for it with all the passion you've ever seen me put into a piece of music. I promise you i will. If i feel i learned enough in four or five years i will go at this with a vengeance that you've never seen in that province before."
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Visionary producer, gifted arranger, prolific composer and accomplished musician, David Foster, will receive the iesuhi Ertegun Person of the Yeari Trophy. Honour to be conferred at MIDEM, Tuesday, 23 January 2001. The Irish band and contemporary pop phenomena, The Corrs, will perform an exceptional showcase at the event. Foster will be the eighth person to receive the prestigious international accolade in Cannes.
The trophy was created in 1989 by Xavier Roy, Chief Executive, REED MIDEM ORGANISATION, to recognise outstanding music industry figures, and honour their lifetime of achievement. David Foster is an exceptional artist and music industry executive. He has consistently contributed his talent and flair to the work of hundreds of artists and musicians, including some of the world's greatest vocalists said Roy, "he continues, to enrich the music community with his creativity and prowess".
Foster, says of his nomination, "MIDEM is the Rolls Royce of all music events on this planet. I read about it as a teenager, dreamt of being at it when I couldn't pay my rent and now gratefully, respectfully and excitedly accept this honour in 2001. The past honourees prove that I am in great company and the evening promises to be a memorable one for two main reasons, neither of which is my receiving this award. Firstly, it's the only time and place throughout the year when all the great music makers from around the globe gather in one place and, secondly, we will be treated to a wonderful musical performance by one of the greatest international bands of our time,143/Atlantic recording sensation, The Corrs. Enjoy!”
A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner (including the coveted Producer of the Year award no less than three times) with an unprecedented 42 nominations to his credit, David Foster, is among the most commercially successful producers and composers in all of contemporary pop music. He has lent his signature sweeping, power ballad aesthetic to smash hits from Celine Dion, Chicago and Whitney Houston and has, in the process, virtually defined the adult contemporary format.
Foster began his illustrious musical career with piano lessons at the age of 5 in his native Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Only eight years later, he enrolled as a student in the University of Washington's music programme and at the age of 16 he joined Chuck Berry's backing band. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1971 with his group Skylark, he scored a major hit the following year with the single Wildflower. Throughout the early 70's he built a solid reputation as one of the best session keyboard players in the business, performing with such greats as John Lennon, Diana Ross, George Harrison, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart.
Eager to expand further on his own songwriting and producing, Foster turned to outside projects, writing and producing hits for the likes of Hall & Oats, Boz Scaggs and the Average White Band, among many others.
In 1979, he received his first Grammy Award for writing Earth, Wind & Fire's After The Love Has Gone.
Foster's writing and producing credits expanded to include such superstars as Michael Jackson; Paul McCartney, Lionel Ritchie, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, The Manhattan Transfer, Olivia Newton-John, James Ingram, The Pointer Sisters, Art Garfunkel, Roger Daltrey, Al Jarreau and many others.
Atlantic Records, caught drift of his outstanding and multi-faceted talents and recruited him as Vice President in 1994 and less than a year later, Foster established his first recording label, 143 Records, which was distributed through Atlantic. In 1997, Foster was promoted to Senior Vice President of Warner Music Group and Chairman of 143 Records, which was expanded to become a joint venture between Foster and the music group.
Success was fast coming when the fledgling label broke Ireland's pop act, The Corrs, who have combined worldwide sales of almost twenty million albums and launched Country sensation Kevin Sharp, whose critically acclaimed debut album, sold nearly one million copies. Also rising fast is the label's Christian/Pop group, Plus One, with two #1 hit singles and record-breaking success in that genre.
143 Records has gone on to become one of the most dynamic new labels to emerge in recent years, boasting a string of hit records and a host of promising new releases on the horizon.
Today Foster enjoys continued success with hits such as It's Your Song(Garth Brooks), Have You Ever(Brandy) and Tell Him(Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand). He has recently worked with N Sync (featuring Gloria Estefan), Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall, Dru Hill, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Lace, Laura Pausini, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Monica and Madonna.
Despite multiple ongoing projects, he still finds time to pursue a solo career (releasing albums for Atlantic Records) in addition to collecting numerous awards and nominations and he frequently lends his musical skills to charitable foundations and organisations.
A long time advocate of children and their rights, Foster established the David Foster Foundation to assist families of children in need of organ transplants. To date the foundation has raised several million dollars and assisted numerous children throughout North America. To aid African famine relief he co-wrote Tears Are Not Enough with fellow Canadian Bryan Adams, in addition he produced and wrote the music to his wife Linda's lyrics for Voices That Care which to has already donated over one million dollars to the Red Cross and U.S.O. of America.
The iesuhi Ertegun Person of the Yeari Trophy was first presented to Nesuhi Ertegun in 1989, when he was President of IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonogram Industry); it was conferred on Quincy Jones in 1990; Jan Timmer, President of PHILIPS in 1991; Jean-Loup Tournier, Chairman of the Board of French copyright society SACEM in 1993; Arista President Clive Davis in 1995; ATLANTIC RECORDS founder and co-chairman Ahmet Ertegun in 1998 and Frances W. Preston, President and CEO of American performing rights organisation, BMI in 1999; all at the MIDEM annual music industry gathering at Cannes. MIDEM also honoured Japan's Misa Watanabe at MIDEM Asia in 1997 and Spain's Eduardo Bautista, President and Managing Director of SGAE, in 1998 at MIDEM in Miami
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On October 30, 2000 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Grammy Award winning producer and composer, David Foster, will be honored by Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) with the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award is the highest honor bestowed by HOBY. It is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through service to humankind and have contributed significantly through their leadership to the education and motivation of youth. David Foster embodies all these things to HOBY. He and many of his close friends will be in attendance. Barry Manilow himself is one of our Dinner Chairpersons and Larry King will be our Master of Ceremonies.
As this event is a major fundraiser for HOBY, there are people in the music industry paying as much as $2,500 to attend. However, the individual cost to attend is only $500. We can think of no better opportunity to interact face-to-face with David Foster and congratulate him on his achievements at the height of his career.
Also being honored at this event are California Governor and Mrs. Gray Davis and Dr. Howard House of the House Ear Institute with the Schweitzer Award. In addition, Mr. William MacDonald of Compensation Resource Group will be receiving the Corporate Citizen Award, Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks will be accepting the International Inspiration Award and Mr. Daniel McLoon will be receiving the first HOBY Alumni Achievement Award.
For event and ticket information please call Thompson Event Productions, Inc at 818-242-9108 or the HOBY office at 310-474-4370 Ext. 221. Thank you for your help and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Category 8 - Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Nominees: 1. "The Prayer" from "Sogno" Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion 2. "When You Believe" from "My Love Is Your Love" AND "The Prince Of Egypt Soundtrack" Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey 3. "Music Of My Heart" from "Music Of The Heart - The Album (Various Artists)" 'N Sync & Gloria Estefan 4. "Love Of My Life" from "Supernatural" Santana Featuring Dave Matthews 5. "Smooth" from "Supernatural" Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Category 26- Best R&B Album
Nominees: 1. Mary "Mary J. Blige" 2. My Love Is Your Love "Whitney Houston" 3. R. "R. Kelly" 4. Back At One "Brian McKnight" 5. Fanmail "TLC"
Category 27 - Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Nominees: 1. Unconditional Love "Peabo Bryson 2. Valence Street "The Neville Brothers 3. It's Harder Now "Wilson Pickett 4. Intimate "Smokey Robinson 5. Staying Power "Barry White
Category 73 - Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Nominees: 1. Beautiful Stranger (From "Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me") Madonna & William Orbit, songwriters (Madonna) 2. Music Of My Heart (From "Music Of The Heart") Diane Warren, songwriter ('N Sync & Gloria Estefan) 3. The Prince Of Egypt (When You Believe) (From "The Prince Of Egypt") Stephen Schwartz & Babyface, songwriters (Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston) 4. The Time Of Your Life (From "A Bug's Life") Randy Newman, songwriter (Randy Newman) 5. You'll Be In My Heart (From "Tarzan") Phil Collins, songwriter (Phil Collins)
Category 76 - Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Nominees: 1. "Day Dream" from "Bennett Sings Ellington - Hot & Cool" Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett) 2. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" from "Manilow Sings Sinatra" Johnny Mandel, arranger (Barry Manilow) 3. "Livin' La Vida Loca" from "Ricky Martin" Randy Cantor, arranger (Ricky Martin) 4. "Lonely Town" from "The Art Of The Song" Alan Broadbent, arranger (Charlie Haden Quartet West Featuring Shirley Horn) 5. "The Prayer" from "These Are Special Times" David Foster, arranger (Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli)
In the case of Plus One, the recipe simply reads as follows-combine the talents of Nathan Walters, Jason Perry, Gabe Combs, Jeremy Mhire and Nathan Cole with a group of amazing songs, a good measure of faith in God and a passion to be positive role models for teens around the world. Ranging in age from 17 to 21, these young men came together through auditions and word-of-mouth recommendations to form what is poised to be one of the biggest acts of the new millennium.
Plus One is the latest act to come from the celebrated musical mind of [)avid Foster (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Brandy), who has recently signed the f ive young men to a recording contract with hiq 143 Records label, a joint venture with Atlantic Records. The five-man pop group joins the ranks of artiste, such as Ireland's multi-platinumselling sibling pop act The Corrs and country -sensation Kevin Sharp as one of only a handf ul of artists handpicked by Foster to be a part of his f irst-ever label.
The fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, who has produced and/or written some of the biggest hits of the '80s and '90s, including Toni Braxon's "Unbreak My Heart," Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," All-4-One'o "I Swear" and Celine [)ion's "Because You Loved Me," established 143 Records in 1995. Foster will also take the reigns as producer for several cuts on the debut from Plus One, scheduled for a May 2000 release from Atlantic/143 Records.
Drawing from some of the top songwriters in Los Angeles and Nashville, as well as several of the group members themselves, the group's debut will shine with the production talents of several industry notables, including Eric Foster Davis (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys) and Buster and Shavani (God's Property, The Prince of Egypt soundtrack). Recent performances, including one at a Teen Magazine/Bloomingdale's model search and fashion show performance, and an L.A. showcase for producers and songwriters, have left both industry and fans waiting anxiously for the first release from this talented quintet.
Nathan W., Jason, Gabe, Jeremy and Nathan C. have come together f rom dif f erent walks of lif e and corners of the U.S. under one vision--creating great pop music with a positive perspective. From Lakeland, FL, where 21-year-old Nathan W. grew up, influenced by a wide range of musicians (from Michael W. Smith to Michael Jackson); to the heartland of Madison, IN, where 17-year-old Jason Perry learned to plciy the drums and performed with the band at his church; to the west coast, where 18-year-old Nathan C. grew up listening to Grammy Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman and honing his own songwriting skills, and aspiring songwriter 19-year-old Gabe grew up just down the coast--this team of young men is full of passion for music and for life.
Nineteen-year-old Jeremy, who grew up in Springfield, MO, and left Southwest Missouri State College to join Plus One, rounds out the group. He describes how the group wants to of f ect their generation with the songs that they sing. "If you listen more than you speak, you can get a lot done sometimes. The main thing is that you don't have to preach-just show love, acceptance and tolerance. Plus One is a constant reminder that we're not alone."
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, written by Ewan MacColl and produced by David Foster. A classic has been one of my favorite songs throughout time, and I love Roberta Flack. I remember telling [manager/husband] Rene [Angelil] many years ago that I wanted to sing this one onstage, but he told me I was too young to sing it then. We gave it a try with our last tour, and I sang it acoustically. People responded very well to it, so we decided to record it. It was the first song that we did for the album.
All The Way, written by J. Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn and produced by Foster and Rene Angelil. One night Rene and I were in Florida having a romantic dinner with candles and listening to Frank Sinatra, our favorite singer, and Rene got this flash. He called Mrs. Sinatra, whom we've known for years, and she gave us permission to sing [in a virtual duet] with Frank. We got married to this song, and it's always been our song; every person in love has a special song, and this is ours. Whenever we talk about doing something new, we always say, Let's go all the way. It's our line. I was thrilled to be able to do this.
Then You Look At Me, written by James Horner and Will Jennings and produced by Foster, Horner, and Simon Franglen. After what happened with the Titanic song, it was very natural for me to do another song from Will Jennings and James Horner. [Horner] has become a wonderful new friend; he's very talented and a great man. So when he proposed this song and was so involved in it, I was ready to go into the studio and sing it. In a way, I thought of Titanic when I was recording it because it has that big orchestration. I'm very happy he thought of me.
Live, written by Richard Cocciante and Luc Plamendon, with English translation by Jennings, and produced by Foster and Angelil. This song is from Notre Dame De Paris, and I love both the play and the songs. Luc Plamendon had this idea for me to record this in English, and I just love that song so much. It's simple, but it's very big. When I think of that song, I think of the play and like it even more.
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