If award-winning songwriter/producer David Walter Foster were ever to consider a change of career, he could definitely make a go of organising singing contests, judging from the professionalism of his most recent appearance in our capital for a concert originally scheduled for late last year but which had to be cancelled because of the severe floods.
Held on Monday night at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, "David Foster and Friends Live in Bangkok" featured the hit-maker himself, several well-known guests and a few budding vocal talents whom Foster discovered on YouTube.
The evening ended up being half talk show and half concert, with lots of crescendoes and big notes. Songs were interspersed with _ sometimes lengthy _ stories told by Foster who also cracked jokes, related titbits about hit tracks of his (there were so many of them) and generally jollied the audience along. But the amount of chatter didn't seem to detract from people's enjoyment, judging from the warmth of the response he got from the good-humoured crowd. His first guest was the beautiful Hayley Westenra, a brilliant 25-year-old from New Zealand who grabbed our attention right from the outset with her version of I Dreamed A Dream, followed quickly by Amazing Grace. Her voice is somewhat reminiscent of Celine Dion, the chanteuse for whom Foster wrote many chart-topping songs.
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