David Foster: Whitney Houston would not be famous without Paul Young
Text & Photos: Shah Salimat
Additional photo from The Star Performing Arts Centre
Videos: Ling Pak Wei & Tay Yixuan
David Foster has an extensive list of ‘friends’, if his yearly concert installment HITMAN:David Foster and Friends is anything to go by. This year, he will kick off the tour’s Asian leg in Singapore with a slew of artists including soul legend Chaka Khan. However, David had the most interesting connection with tour mate Paul Young because of a Whitney Houston song in the movie The Bodyguard.
“'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted'was going to be the main song in the movie (but Whitney) said it doesn’t sound right. I opened up Billboard Magazine the next morning and, lo and behold, (Number) 53 on the Hot 100 chart was Paul Young doing that song. Kevin (Foster) called me up two hours later and said, 'What about that Dolly Parton song called'I Will Always Love You'?'" David recalled how Whitney’s breakout hit came about.
Call the friendship dysfunctional, but David & Paul’s tongue-in-cheek ribbing to the close shave is what made the duo click and allowed Paul to now tour under David’s concert series. HITMAN: David Foster and Friends will be held at The Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC) tonight and tomorrow as part of its launch, which was officiated yesterday. The concert will be held at its 5000-seater theatre, which is comparable to the Royal Albert Hall for its large but intimate space.
Paul said The Star PAC was better than the famed Wembley Stadium, the latter suffering from ‘sound problems’. Chaka Khan added, “My favourite audience size is 2500 because I can see people instead of a mass of flesh. With 5000, you get to sing to a lot of people and connect with them at the same time.”