Having a mentor is one of the best things (aside from having a fairy godmother, of course) that could ever happen to an artist that’s just starting out. Charice was very lucky that David Foster agreed on taking her under his wing after Oprah contacted him. And now, Charice is all grown-up and ready to fly out of the nest.
Shocking at first, the news that said Charice will no longer be under David Foster’s guidance actually makes sense when you think about it.
It’s been more than three years since Charice made her debut on the international stage at the 2008 David Foster and Friends concert in Las Vegas, and its time for her to fully shine on her own.
In a phone interview with Inquirer Philippines, David Foster revealed that this year’s David Foster and Friends concert series in the United States and Asia, will be the last ones where Charice will be a guest. He said that Charice is aiming to win over a younger crowd, which is not his forte. So it’s indeed a wise decision for her to work with different producers that know music for the modern youth.
David Foster did great in shaping the early parts of Charice’s music career. Because of him, she was able to meet and sing with her music idols like Josh Groban and Ne-Yo. Plus, the demanding Foster compositions, like Celine Dion’s many songs, helped strengthen Charice’s singing and breathing skills.
The end of Charice-David performances might have also been due to Foster’s transfer to another recording company. This July 2011, it was announced that David Foster will take over the Verve label of Universal Music.
Previously, it was Foster who was heading the Reprise/143 label of Warner Music (which is also the label of Charice). He will now focus his efforts in shifting Verve from Jazz to Adult Contemporary.
Charice will most likely stay with Warner Music, as they’re doing great in building-up her fan base. But it’s not impossible for Charice to work again with David Foster when she’s old enough to shift out of pop and into adult contemporary (which she’s already great in, based on her singing competition background in the Philippines).
So for those Chasters telling themselves that there’s still a DFF concert with Charice next year, you better buy tickets to any of her upcoming concerts in Las Vegas or Asia, as that could be the last David-Charice performance you’ll see for quite a while.
This piece of news might make some people sad at first, since David Foster was indeed a big part of the Chaster experience, but don’t be. Just think of this as a natural progression for Charice’s career. She can still sing big Whitney and Celine ballads, just without David on the piano. Plus, her new songs are fun to listen to and are all so current, but they still showcase Charice’s powerful voice like what Foster’s songs also do.
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com