Long-time music producer and songwriter David Foster is now headlining in Las Vegas after a career spent mostly working behind the scenes of some of the world’s biggest hits.
And, of course, his talented wife Katherine McPhee will be joining him on stage following the recent addition of the couple’s 1-year-old son.
“I don’t really know how I got to this place,” Foster, 72, shares with PEOPLE after selling out his show An Intimate Evening with David Foster at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater on Jan. 21.
During a time when many artists, including Adele, had to cancel their planned show due to pandemic-related challenges.
And as a result, Foster will be back for three more performances, April 20, 22 and 23. “I found a niche, it’s working, and I love it.”
“I don’t care who you are and how big or small you are, how many times you’ve done everything in your life, playing Vegas is a big deal,” he says. “It always has been it and it always will be.”
Foster, who is a talented artist in his own right, is happy to perform his famous compositions on piano, accompanied by a host of impressive vocalists, including McPhee, 37, whom he married in 2019. Foster to this day is still floored by the reaction McPhee’s appearance prompts. “When she comes out, she gets such thunders of applause,” he says.
The duo is very happy to they are able to perform together now that their son Rennie is nearly a year old.
“Our baby’s 11 months old, so she wants to get back to work full time — and it won’t be with me, probably,” says Foster. “I’m really grateful to her that she just goes, ‘OK, I’ll grab the baby, I’ll come out, and sing a few songs.’ It’s really great — she’s a star.”
In the interim, Foster is so elated to be a father again. He has five adult daughters from previous relationships, as well as seven grandchildren.
“It’s just great being a dad,” he says. “It’s too cliché to say ‘Now I have more time,’ but I do: I have more time. Without any reflection on any of my other children, whom I all love equally, and equally as much as my son.”
“He plays Mozart and Bach flawlessly,” Foster jokes, and when asked if his son may inherit his parents’ musical abilities.
“At 11 months?… Obviously, we don’t see any musical talent yet, but who knows?”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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