Song­writer-pro­ducer Foster, singer-ac­tor McPhee, to play Wind Creek

The Morning Call - - ENTERTAINM­ENT NEWS - By John J. Moser Morn­ing Call Le­high Val­ley Mu­sic re­porter and colum­nist John J. Moser can be reached at 610-820-6722 or [email protected]

Famed mu­si­cian David Foster, one of the most suc­cess­ful song­writ­ers and record pro­duc­ers in his­tory, will per­form an in­ti­mate evening of mu­sic with his wife, singer and TV star Katharine McPhee, at Wind Creek Event Cen­ter, it was an­nounced Mon­day.

Foster and McPhee will per­form at 7 p.m. April 19. Tick­ets, at $35-$69.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Fri­day at the event cen­ter box of­fice at 77 Wind Creek Blvd., Beth­le­hem, at www.wind­creekevent­cen­ter.com or 800-7453000.

Foster, 69, has been nom­i­nated for 47 Grammy Awards and won 16, in­clud­ing three for Pro­ducer of the Year. He also has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and three times has been nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Orig­i­nal Song.

He started his ca­reer as a stu­dio mu­si­cian and per­former, play­ing key­boards for the pop group Sky­lark, which had a Top 10 hit, “Wild­flower,” in 1973. In 1979, he co-wrote Earth, Wind and Fire’s song “Af­ter the Love Has Gone,” which won the 1980 Grammy for Best R&B Song.

In 1984, he pro­duced Chicago’s big­gest-sell­ing al­bum, “Chicago 17,” and co-wrote its No. 1 hit “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” as well as “Love Me To­mor­row,” “Stay the Night,” and “You’re the In­spi­ra­tion,” and singer Peter Cetera’s No. 1 solo hit “Glory of Love” in 1986.

Foster later cre­ated hit songs and award-win­ning gold and platinum al­bums for Bar­bra Streisand, Ce­line Dion, Whit­ney Hous­ton, Michael Jack­son, Madonna, An­drea Bo­celli, Michael Bu­ble, Rod Ste­wart, Ste­vie Won­der, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Par­ton, Hall & Oates, ’NSync, Boz Scaggs and more.

In 2008 and 2011, Foster per­formed Foster & Friends con­certs in Las Ve­gas that cel­e­brated his cat­a­log of mu­sic. The shows were filmed for PBS and be­came its high­est-rated pledge drive shows of the decade.

He’s now writ­ing mu­sic for a new Broad­way mu­si­cal about the an­i­mated char­ac­ter Betty Boop.

McPhee par­layed be­ing run­ner-up on “Amer­i­can Idol” in 2006 into a ca­reer in films, TV and Broad­way. She starred in the NBC-TV se­ries “Smash” in 2012-13, and last sum­mer played the lead role in the mu­si­cal “Waitress” on Broad­way.

McPhee, 35, fin­ished sec­ond to Tay­lor Hicks on “Amer­i­can Idol” af­ter a run that gave her a Top 15 Bill­board sin­gle with her ren­di­tion of “Some­where Over the Rain­bow.” In 2007, McPhee re­leased her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, which reached No. 2 on Bill­board, and had the Top 30 sin­gle “Over It.”

Her sopho­more disc, 2010’s “Un­bro­ken,” also charted Top 30 and had the Top 25 Adult Con­tem­po­rary hit “Had It All.” That same year, she re­leased a Christ­mas disc that reached No. 11 on the Hol­i­day chart and gave her a Top 20 Adult Con­tem­po­rary hit with “Have Your­self a Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas,” fea­tur­ing Chris Botti.

McPhee’s lat­est disc, “I Fall in Love Too Easy,” re­leased in 2017, reached No. 2 on the Jazz chart.

McPhee played Karen Cartwright in one of the lead roles on “Smash,” and from its Top 10 sound­track al­bum had a No. 4 Dance Club hit with “Touch Me.” Start­ing in 2014, McPhee also had the lead role on the CBS-TV drama “Scor­pion.” The show was can­celed in May.

In all, she has ap­peared in more than a dozen tele­vi­sion roles, and a half­dozen movie roles, in­clud­ing in the 2008 hit “The House Bunny.”

McPhee was a head­liner at Al­len­town’s May­fair fes­ti­val in 2007. She was sched­uled to head­line Zoell­ner Arts Cen­ter’s fundrais­ing Gala in 2012, then was sched­uled to per­form at Musik­fest Cafe at Art­sQuest Cen­ter in Novem­ber, but both shows were can­celed.

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Kather­ine McPhee and David Foster will per­form April 19 at the Wind Creek Event Cen­ter.

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